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Park Board pumps brakes on planting roses in Ault Park

Credit: WCPO Cincinnati
Published on October 17, 2019 - Duration: 02:04s

Park Board pumps brakes on planting roses in Ault Park

An anonymous donor gifted $1 million to plant the flowers in several sections across the park, but the Cincinnati Park Board has paused that project after a citizen raised concerns about how the move would affect native plants and pollinators.

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Park Board pumps brakes on planting roses in Ault Park

PARK BOARD... IS TAKING SOMEHEAT AGAIN TODAY...MONTHSAFTER TREES WERE CUT DOWN ATLYTLE PARK.PARK.THAT'S BECAUSE ANANONYMOUS DONATION TO Γ‘AULTPARK IN MOUNT LOOKOUT COULDMEAN THE END TO SOME OF THEPLANT LIFE.AS YOU CAN IMAGINE-- THOSE PLANS AREN'T SITTINGWELL WITH SOME.SOME.NINE ON YOUR SIDE'S RAVENRICHARD IS LEARNING WHAT THECITY PLANS TO DO NOW AFTERHEARING THOSE COMPLAINTS.ONE-MILLION DOLLARS-THAT'S HOWMUCH AN ANONYMOUS DONOR GIFTEDTO AULT PARK TO PLANT ROSES INSEVERAL SECTIONS.

(JULIE RIMER-CONCERNED CITIZEN)"Over a fouryear period old "Over a fouryear period old fashionedroses, climbing roses, andother kinds of roses will beplanted in these beds in placeof all these native flowers."THAT'S JULIE RIMER.

SHE OFTENVISITS THE PARK.

RIMER SEESTHE ROSES AS A PROBLEM.

(JULIERIMER-CONCERNED CITIZEN)"Thedevastating part is that theplan is to put the garden inwhere the current phenominalpollinating perennial gardenis in ault park"HER CONCERN ISWHAT HAPPENS TO THEPOLLINATORS AFTER THE NATIVEPLANTS ARE REMOVED.A ROSEGARDEN IS NOT A NEW CONCEPTFOR AULT PARK.(JULIE RIMER-CONCERNED CITIZEN)"This usedto be the site of a rosegarden more than 20 years ago.""Nearly all the roses died.They didn't thrive in thislocation.

The midwest is notan ideal location for plantingroses.

They didn't thrive herewhen they're planted hereagain."AND AFTER TALKING TOTHE PARK BOARD(ROCKY MERZ-BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISIONMANAGER WITH CINCINNATI PARKBOARD)"We're going to hit thepause button.

We're going toengage with the donor, ourfriend at the parksfoundation, and the community,visit the plans and reallycome up with a plan thataddresses everyone's concerns."THIS-COMING JUST MONTHS AFTERCONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THEBOARD'S DECISION TO CUT DOWNTREES IN LYTLE PARK.SOME WORKIS ALREADY DONE-THE REMOVAL AFEW PLANTS AND THE GREENBARRIER TO BLOCK OFF SECTIONSFOR THE POTENTIAL ROSES.(ROCKY MERZ-BUSINESS SERVICESDIVISION MANAGER WITHCINCINNATI PARK BOARD)"Theyhad concerns about what's inthe garden now related to thespecies of plants that arethere and also what that meansfor pollinators."(JULIE RIMER-CONCERNED CITIZEN)"And todecimate it would be likelogging the amazon."amazon."THAT WAS RAVEN RICHARDREPORTING...THE NATIVE PLANTSARE STAYING FOR NOW.

PARKOFFICIALS SAID THEY'LLCONTINUE PLANNING, AND THEPROJECT WILL TAKE SHAPE OVERTHE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS.

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