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Give A Day - Get A Game!

The Cincinnati Park Board and the Cincinnati Reds are thrilled to announce a unique partnership that focuses on two major initiatives: volunteer recognition and beautification.

In an effort to promote community involvement and hometown responsibility, all volunteers logging at least four hours of services with the Park Board will receive a free View Level ticket to one of four games at Great American Ball Park designated by the Reds as "Park Board Volunteer Recognition Days":

  • Tuesday, April 19 – Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:10pm)
  • Monday, May 30 – Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7:10pm)
  • Monday, August 8 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies (7:10pm)
  • Thursday, August 11 – Reds vs. Colorado Rockies (12:35pm)

The tickets are from MLB & Players GIVE BACK, a Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) program created to reward those who have dedicated to community service. The Cincinnati Park Board was selected as one of the fortunate recipients of the complementary Reds tickets.

HOW CAN YOU GET A GAME?

All volunteers who donate at least 4 hours to the Park Board will receive a ticket voucher for any of the home games designated as "Park Board Volunteer Recognition Days." A list of eligible volunteer projects is posted on the Park Board website at www.cincinnatiparks.com/volunteer.

You must pre-register to participate in any of the Park volunteer events. In addition, all volunteers who already donated 4 hours to the Park Board since November of 2010, the official end of the MLB season, are eligible. The Park Board expects that about 8,000 of its volunteers will be eligible.

UPCOMMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN PARKS

  • April 16th – June 26th – Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show
  • Saturday April 16th – Green Up Day in various parks around the City
  • Friday, May 6th - "Give A Day In Eden"
  • Saturday, May 7th – May Green Up Day at Burnett Woods and Rapid Run
  • Friday, May 13th - Bettman Natural Resource Center
  • Wednesday, May 28th - Mt. Airy Forest

PARK VOLUNTEER CONTACT: To sign up to volunteer in the Parks, contact christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov or call (513) 321-6070 ext.19.

CINCINNATI TRADITION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

Both the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Park Board were established in the 19th Century. Both are part of the deep rooted fabric of the quality of life in our City. "What a great way to reward community service, with a ticket to a Cincinnati Reds game," Mayor Mallory said. "The Reds are always a great partner with the City to make our community a better place to live. Give a Day Get a Game is a creative way to help maintain our beautiful parks even in tough budgetary times."

"I cannot think of a more important task than to recognize the community volunteers that make our Parks beautiful by giving them a ticket to their Ball Park," says Phil Castellini, Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds. "At a time of shrinking public resources, we are happy to help the extraordinary volunteer involvement of the Park Board, along with doing our part in the beautification of our City."

"Our City has a long-established giving tradition, both in terms of charitable donation but also with countless benevolent volunteer actions. The Cincinnati Reds epitomize this tradition." Says Willie F. Carden Jr., Director of Cincinnati Parks. "The Cincinnati Park Board has benefited greatly from this tradition throughout its nearly 200 years of existence. Despite deep budget cuts for the last 10 years, the Park Board continues to be the Best Urban Park System in the Nation, in large part thanks to our corporations and volunteer involvement."

REDS PARTNER IN PUBLIC GREENSPACE BEAUTIFICATION AND THE 2011 MAYOR'S CORPORATE CHALLENGE - HUGE PARK VOLUNTEER PROJECT

Due to recent budget cuts within the City of Cincinnati, the Park Board's Greenspace program has been drastically reduced. However, the Cincinnati Reds have committed to engage in a major beautification effort in order to restore the public greenspaces around Great American Ball Park. Park Board design professionals as well as Park Board volunteers will assist the Cincinnati Reds to reestablish abandoned horticultural beds on Mehring Way between the ballpark and the river. In addition, the Reds have committed to continue to maintain these pubic greenspaces without financial assistance from the City.

The 5th annual Mayor's Corporate Challenge is one of the upcoming volunteer events scheduled to assist in the restoration of these public greenspaces and is scheduled for May 20, 2011. The 2011 Challenge will focus on Cincinnati's waterfront, stretching from Berry International Friendship Park to the newly opened Cincinnati Riverfront Park, just west of Great American Ball Park.

Last year's Challenge assembled over 800 volunteers for a day of service, beautifying and cleaning many parks. Participating corporations in 2010 were:

General Electric, Duke Energy, Home Depot, Turner Construction, PNC Bank, 5/3 Bank, the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, Steelcase, the Fire Fighters of Cincinnati, Humana, TetraTech, and Toyota.

This year the Cincinnati Park Board already has more local companies signed up to "answer the challenge" and expects the number of volunteers to surpass the amazing participation from 2010!

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