Chic Spotlight: Park District Commissioner Nancy Hamant PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 05:43

Chic Spotlight: Park District Commissioner Nancy Hamant
After earning three degrees and serving more than 40 years on University of Cincinnati
faculty, this local woman is taking more than just a walk in the park. She's filling you in on how you can too.
Cincy Chic: You earned your bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees all from the University of Cincinnati and then went on to serve on the university's faculty for 43 years. So what led you to the Hamilton County Park District?


Dr. Nancy Hamant, park district commissioner for the Hamilton County Park District: A friend asked if I would be interested in serving on the Board of Park Commissioners for the park district. As I looked into the work of the park board, I became more and more enthusiastic. The Hamilton County Park District is a wonderful resource for our area and I've enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in its mission.


Cincy Chic: This is for our Summer Trend Report issue, so what types of events and programming do Cincy Chic readers have to look forward to this summer?


Hamant: Our Friday Night Grill-outs at Lake Isabella are very popular. Readers can also enjoy outdoor concerts, a summer art fair, mystery dinners and beer and wine tastings. All this and more can be found at


In addition, our newest park, Glenwood Gardens, is a beautiful park for walking and enjoying nature. The children's garden is delightful and educational for visitors of all ages. The Discovery Tree, the raised vegetable garden and flowers of all kinds provide wonderful experiences for all. Next spring and summer, Glenwood Gardens will host Big Bugs, an outdoor exhibit showing the insect world larger than life.


Cincy Chic: Besides the planned activities, what other unique offerings does the Hamilton County Park District provide readers for summer fun?


Hamant: There is so much to do that's affordable for families: Spend a day at one of the harbors, where you can rent row boats or pedals boats. Introduce your child to fishing. Enjoy a family stroll on a paved or nature trail. Bring a picnic lunch and then take part in a free nature program.


Cincy Chic: What else should we know about the Hamilton County Park District?


Hamant: The park district preserves 16,267 acres. Over 80 percent of parkland is set aside for green space and wildlife. Residents who wish to support the future of the parks can join our Hamilton County Parks Foundation. (Visit for details).


Cincy Chic: When you aren't working with the park district, what do you like to do for fun?


Hamant: My other major avocation involves the University of Cincinnati, another valuable resource our Greater Cincinnati enjoys.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Hamant: Cincinnati has so much to offer from our parks, our universities, museums, performing arts and sports. In addition, the river and hills make the city a lovely place to be. I love it all!




Photo courtesy of Dr. Nancy Hamant

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