See what we've been up to lately!
See what we've been up to lately!
May 2021


Despite the pandemic, this spring, hundreds of volunteers were able to gather safely in small groups or individually and spent thousands of hours helping to restore our community spaces through art, education, greenspace improvements, and community engagement.

Yes, we’ve been busy! You may have seen us painting a mural along Third Street with dozens of hardworking volunteers from the Downtown Residents Council, Cincinnati Bell, and more. Maybe you volunteered with one of the 93 community groups on a neighborhood cleanup that received supplies from us. Or perhaps you caught one of our volunteer events in Evanston and Camp Washington, helping to maintain access to greenspace for neighborhood residents. Supporters like you make all of this possible, and with your gift we can keep growing community stewardship in all Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Caring for our families, friends, and neighbors is more important than ever. Your support helps us ensure that every community has access to public art, greenspaces, environmental education, and neighborhood resources. Now you can double that difference by making a donation of $25, $50, $100, or more. Every dollar you give before May 30th will be doubled by our hometown supporter United Dairy Farmers!

From Landfills to Wizards, the Education Team has you covered!

School may be coming to a close, but learning never stops, and the Education Team is gearing up for a summer of virtual content making!
While you’re waiting for the 4 new classroom presentations, virtual landfill field trip, and brand new virtual assembly come the start of the 2021/2022 school year, check out our existing content at
If you haven’t seen it, explore the dramatic, hilarious renditions of The Wartville Wizard. It can’t be missed!
Our 3rd St Mural is complete!

Thanks to our partnership with 3CDC and our hardworking volunteers from the Suadi Arabian Student Association, The Downtown Resident Council, and Cincinnati Bell for helping us complete our Third Street Mural! The artwork spans an entire city block, and we were able to complete it in less than a month! You can see this beautiful addition in person on 3rd Street between Sycamore and Main, and if you see it, take a photo and tag us @keepcincinnatibeautiful on instagram!
What We're Doing: Weeding Wednesdays

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Spaces to Places program takes underutilized, forgotten spaces and turns them into celebrated, community places. Almost every Wednesday ("Weeding Wednesday") during the growing season we visit one of the Spaces to Places community greenspace project sites to perform routine maintenance and beautification. This includes everything from planting, pruning, edging, mulching, watering and, of course, weeding. We have been busy this season maintaining these community assets and cannot do it without help from volunteers.
Dave Manzler
Fairview resident David Manzler has been a dedicated Adopt-A-Spot Captain since July of 2020. Every single day, with the occasional Sunday off, David takes a hike through Fairview Park and collects bags of litter! His health was the main incentive for the hikes, but when he noticed the amount of litter in the park he decided he wanted to be a part of looking after the place that he enjoys.

David says this is a very simple thing for him to do: "I'm getting exercise, AND the park gets clean. I'm out here anyway exercising so I can jog around here and do nothing, or I can jog around and pick stuff up! It just feels like a very efficient situation. It kind of evolved from picking up when I saw it to doing this every day."

It may be simple, but we know this takes dedication! David has been a resident of Fairview for nearly two decades, and we appreciate him for being a wonderful neighbor.


A Letter from Our Director:

Jonathan Adee on reducing litter in Cincinnati.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful remains ever committed to making our front yard of Cincinnati cleaner, safer, and more connected. We have pledged to be in every Cincinnati neighborhood with initiatives to reduce litter and blight, eliminate illegal dumping, educate students young and old on best habits to improve our environment, and use a variety of artistic media to reclaim public spaces for our children and to increase economic development in the underserved neighborhoods of our city. 
Cincinnati is beautiful. We’re committed to keeping it that way. Our education, revitalization, and environmental initiatives build community and foster pride in the places where we live, work and play. Our grassroots network of neighbors, sponsors, and volunteers put passion to work across all 52 neighborhoods, creating safer, cleaner spaces and a higher quality of life for everyone.
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