The Legacy Program provides an opportunity to honor a loved one or commemorate a milestone at Great Parks of Hamilton County.
Ann E. Biermann
Park: Fernbank Park
Ann E. Biermann
Ann Biermann had very few requests, but one thing she knew she wanted was a bench placed in her memory at Fernbank Park. She loved walking along the river with her friends, family and beloved goldendoodle, Molly. We now have some place to sit and remember the kind, generous, loving friend, mother and grandmother that will be so missed by so many.
Ann was born and raised in Cincinnati and attended Colerain High School and Eastern Kentucky University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where she made many friends over her 30-year career. Ann loved traveling, cooking, reading and baking cookies for everyone. She was the best mom, friend and grandmother that anyone could ever hope for.
Paul Christensen Jr.
Paul Christensen Jr.
Paul W. Christensen Jr. served as a Park Commissioner from 1980–1993. During his tenure, Great Parks saw a period of significant expansion.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, Great Parks opened several parks and facilities, including Triple Creek, Embshoff Woods & Nature Preserve, Withrow Nature Preserve, Seasongood Nature Center, Francis RecreAcres, Parky’s Playbarn and Meadow Links & Golf Academy.
The park district established the first Reforestation, Landscaping and Memorial Tree Fund in 1984 for those who wanted to donate in memory of loved ones. The program has evolved over the decades and is now the Legacy Program.
Mr. Christensen was instrumental in the successful passage of the 1988 park district levy, which provided funding for new facilities, innovative programming and parkland preservation. One new form of innovative programming was launched in 1990, the In-Reach Program. Through this program, children and adults living in urban areas enjoy a day in nature at different parks.
The Paul W. Christensen Adventure Station indoor playground at Sharon Centre is named in honor of Mr. Christensen.
Dr. Nancy Russell Hamant
Dr. Nancy Russell Hamant
Dr. Nancy Russell Hamant served as a Park Commissioner from 1996–2010. Dr. Hamant was the first woman appointed to the Board of Park Commissioners.
Great Parks experienced tremendous growth during Dr. Hamant’s time as Park Commissioner. Several new parks opened, including Glenwood Gardens, Campbell Lakes Preserve, Avoca Trailhead and the leasing of Fernbank Park and Otto Armleder Memorial Park through the City of Cincinnati.
Numerous facilities and recreational opportunities also opened during this time. Among them include Miami Whitewater Forest soccer complex, Winton Harbor renovation, Sharon Centre, Highfield Discovery Garden and the Mountain Bike Trail at Mitchell Memorial Forest.
Throughout her service, Dr. Hamant was instrumental in the acquisition and preservation of over 3,410 acres of parkland. She played a vital role in the successful passage of the 2002 park district levy and served alongside staff in the 2007 Voice of the Customer survey program.
Great Parks honored Dr. Hamant in 2011 with the Conservation Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the Park District. Her leadership helped improve the health of local waterways, enhanced native habitats and made lasting contributions to the conservation of natural resources.
Park: Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
Diana M. Poston
Diana loved Great Parks of Hamilton County.
She volunteered as a Walk Club host at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve two days per week for 16 years. As a Winter Hikes volunteer, she enjoyed these hikes tremendously (especially the cookies). Diana was so proud to receive her 15 year award.
The trails at Miami Whitewater Forest were her favorite. Diana also enjoyed playing golf there with her longtime friends. She loved the springtime daffodils at Glenwood Gardens and the wildflowers at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve.
Diana was loved by her husband Ron, daughters Laura, Debbie, Sandy, grandchildren, family and friends.
Park: Sharon Woods
Betty was a big fan of Great Parks of Hamilton County. She took her young grandchildren to the many playgrounds. Betty enjoyed walking the trails well into her 80s, especially around the lake at Sharon Woods. She enjoyed jamming with her friends in the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society at Sharon Centre and at many events around town.
Betty graduated from CCM in 1952 with a Master of Music and played piano with local and national bands during the late 1940s and early 1950s. After starting a family, she taught piano to a multitude of young and old students. Later in life, Betty volunteered with Meals on Wheels.
Betty was beloved by her husband Charlie, her children Charlie, Mark, Nina, Dino and Vince, and her grandchildren.
Melinda M. Russell
Park: Miami Whitewater Forest
Tree species: Quercus bicolor
Common name: Swamp White Oak
Melinda (Mel) Russell
"For we walk by faith, not by sight." – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Melinda will be delighted with a swamp white oak tree planted in her honor, representing the strength and courage she exhibited throughout her illness. She endured surgeries, unpleasant treatments and losing her vision with faith and grace. This photo shows her TREE OF LIFE wall hanging ... an important family symbol. She gifted both her children with the same wall hanging, inspiring fond memories.
The tree will be a living connection to our entire family. Before she died, she distributed to each member a handcrafted tree to remind us of our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and dear friend to so many.
Park: Withrow Nature Preserve
Tree species: Quercus macrocarpa
Common name: Bur Oak
Robert "Bob" Zingg was a kind, gentle man and loving husband and father. He loved his hometown of Cincinnati.
He was a proud graduate (class of 1939) and longtime supporter of Withrow High School. Bob retired from Cincinnati Milicron and was a member of the Withrow 'Old Timers Club.' He was a true sports enthusiast and participant, playing in various semi-professional baseball leagues in his youth. Bob was a huge fan of the Reds and Bengals.
Bob would be proud to know that he is now a part of the legacy of Withrow Nature Preserve.