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French Park Trail Dedication Was a Heartwarming Success

The Cohen, Michelman and Shifman families cut the ribbon at French park.

French Park Trail Dedication Was a Heartwarming Success

In August of 2017, the Cohen, the Michelman and the Shifman families made a generous gift to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation to restore all of the hiking trails in French Park. Over the following two years, the hiking trail system was refurbished including the construction of new bridges, steps and reopening sections of trail closed due to fallen trees, debris and erosion. The work was performed by Cincinnati Parks’ newly established ‘Trail Crew.’

On June 7, 2019, city leaders joined with the Cincinnati Park Board, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, the donors and community members to officially cut the ribbon on the renovated French Park hiking trails.  A brief ceremony was held at the Sierra Trail trailhead to commemorate the project and recognize the donors who made it possible. The families were given the honor of cutting the ribbon, which proved to be a truly heartwarming moment. The ceremony was followed by all participants hiking on the newly dedicated trails.

Cincinnati Parks Director Wade Walcutt  remarked, “Maintaining a system of this size and caliber doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of hard work, and most often partners like these stepping forward to help. The Cohen, the Michelman and the Shifman families working with the Parks Foundation have made this possible; I want to especially thank them.” He continued, “I also want to give a shout out to our newly formed Trail Crew. Their sole mission is to address critical needs at hiking trails throughout our system, all 65 miles. It is a big job but I know they are up to the task.”

The trails will now be able to continue to serve as an amenity for generations of Cincinnatians to enjoy and explore for years to come.

 

Wade Walcutt speaks at the dedicationWade Walcutt speaks at the French Park Trail opening in 2019
A group of Parks and Foundation Board members enjoy the ceremony.A group of Parks and Foundation Board members enjoy the ceremony.
Executive Director of the Cincinnati parks Foundation speaks at the dedicationExecutive Director of the Cincinnati parks Foundation speaks at the dedication
Wade Walcutt addressing a large crowdCrowd gathers at the opening of the French Park Trail in 2019
Council member Greg Landsman speaks as Wade Walcutt looks on.Council member Greg Landsman speaks as Wade Walcutt looks on.
Jim Goetz speaks at the French park Trails dedicationPark Board Commissioner Jim Goetz speaks at an event
The Cohen, Michelman and Shifman families cut the ribbon on the refurbished trailThe Cohen, Michelman and Shifman families cut the ribbon on the refurbished trail
A group of hikers cross a creekThe Cohen, Michelman and Shifman families walk the trail in French Park
A set of newly built stairs in French ParkA set of newly built stairs in French Park
A plaque dedicated in the honor of Lois and Phil Cohen by their loving familyA plaque dedicated in the honor of Lois and Phil Cohen by their loving family
Jay Shifman and Lois Cohen admire the new plaque on a walking bridge in the woods.Jay Shifman and Lois Cohen admire the new plaque on a walking bridge in the woods.