Parking-Lot Parks and Perks in Covington, Kentucky

There are five brand new parks in Covington, Kentucky. Where do you fit FIVE new parks? Well, in parking spaces, of course. The five new parklets are the result of the Curb’d design competition that began in November 2015. Winning designs were selected that December and the finished parklets revealed earlier this summer.

So where did this parklet idea come from? According to the Curb’d website:

“Many credit the group Rebar in San Francisco as the first to explore parklet construction back in 2010.Since then, many cities worldwide have followed suit as pedestrians and business-owners begin to reinvent what the sidewalk and curbside means to them. Many of the goals established by those early pioneers, such as promoting connectivity and community interaction, exist today in projects like Curb’d.”

As if mini-parks scattered throughout one of Greater Cincinnati’s coolest neighborhoods isn’t reason enough to walk around and visit each one, there is also an incentive program that encourages you to check it out. Visit all five and receive a discount at participating businesses.

Curb’d is a project supported by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, Renaissance Covington, and the MainStrasse Village Association.


Hopscotch Garden – 27 W. 7th Street – Braxton Brewing Company
Tue-Wed: 8a-10p; Thur: 8a-12a; Fri: 8a-1a; Sat: 12p-1a; Sun: 12p-8p
Mountain/Tunnel/Xylophone – 323 W. 6th Street – Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe
Wed: 12p-6p; Thur-Fri: 12p-7p; Sat: 12p-5p
Ride – 715 Madison Avenue – Inspirado
Mon-Fri: 11:30a-2p; Mon-Thur: 5p-9:30p; Fri-Sat: 5p-10:30p
The Boxing Ring – 5 W. Pike Street – Cutman Barbershop
Tue-Sat: 10a-7p
Wish-Igloo – 701 Greenup Street – Left Bank Coffeehouse
Mon-Fri: 7a-2p; Sat-Sun: 9a-1p

Great Parks of Hamilton County Celebrate 85th Year

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Great Parks of Hamilton County was created in 1930 and will be honoring 85 years with a county-wide birthday party this Saturday, August 1st. To celebrate, Great Parks is offering free admission to all parks on Saturday, as well as many other free opportunities to enjoy each park’s amenities. Free harbor rentals, bike rentals, fishing, golf, climbing wall, concerts, and more! Come out and help them celebrate this Saturday.

Free park and facility entry

  • Free entry into all Great Parks
  • Free entry and programs at Highfield Discovery Garden in Glenwood Gardens
  • Free entry to all indoor playgrounds and wet playgrounds
  • Open house at the Shaker Trace Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest from 10a–2p
  • Free admission and programs at the Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods
  • Free mountain bike demo at Mitchell Memorial Forest from 5-10:30 p.m.

Free harbor rentals 

  • Free use of canoe, kayak, pedal, non-motorized fishing boats
  • Free tours on the Winton Queen
  • Free use of all pedal bikes, including cruiser bikes, quadracycles, three-wheel bikes and pedal carts

Free fishing

  • Free fishing at Lake Isabella
  • Free fishing at Campbell Lakes

Free golf

  • Free greens fees at all seven Great Parks golf courses (must be booked in advance; tee times are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; tee times can be made 10 days in advance and reservations are recommended)
  • Free basket of balls at driving ranges (excludes natural turf areas)
  • Free miniature golf and FootGolf at Little Miami Golf Center

Free nature and outdoor education programs

  • Free live animal programs with Great Parks naturalists at all harbor areas
  • Free climb on the climbing wall at Winton Woods Harbor from 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Great Parks consists of 17 parks and 4 conservation areas spread throughout Hamilton County. What’s your favorite Hamilton County Park?