ULI Cincinnati: YLG Project Showcase - Summit Park


Thursday, August 15th, 2019
3:30pm - 5:30pm EDT


Summit Park Will open in a new window 4335 Glendale Milford RD Blue Ash, OH 45242-3705 UNITED STATES
Join us on August 15 to learn how a dynamic regional park is fueling a suburban renaissance.


Standard Pricing Until October 15 Members Non-Members
Private $10.00 $30.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $10.00 $30.00
Under Age 35 FREE $10.00
How a Dynamic Regional Park is Fueling a Suburban Renaissance

In 2006, the City of Blue Ash introduced and then passed a levee initiative to fund parks, greenspace and recreation enhancements for targeted projects within the community. Funds generated by the levee were used to acquire 130-acres of the former Blue Ash Municipal Airport, expand the City’s regionally-renowned recreation complex, and construct the Cooper Creek Event Center at Blue Ash Golf Course. The 228-acre Blue Ash Airport Site was the city’s largest remaining undeveloped open space and the last remaining portion of a 1,200-acre tract of land which greatly influenced the city’s formation, growth and development.

In 2012, the City completed a schematic master plan and phased implementation strategy for the creation of a world-class regional park on the Former Airport lands. The $45,000,000 park development – now known as Summit Park – has spurred a renaissance in investment throughout the City.

Join the ULI Cincinnati Young Leaders Group at Summit Park on August 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm for an informative tour on how the City charted its course for this transformative redevelopment.
3:15 PM - Check-In (meet under the glass canopy in front of the park)
3:30 PM - Park Tour
4:00 PM - Presentation (North Tower event room)
5:00 PM - Park Tour
5:30 PM - Optional Happy Hour at The Senate at Summit Park
Young leaders are free

Summit Park 4335 Glendale Milford RD Blue Ash, OH 45242-3705 UNITED STATES

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Clete Benken

Principal, MKSK

Clete Benken is a Landscape Architect and Partner with MKSK - a multi-disciplinary planning and design firm practicing throughout the Midwest region. Over his 28 years of professional practice Clete has served as project manager or principal-in-charge for a wide array of project types including neighborhood planning and design, downtown district redevelopment, parks and recreation, and mixed-use commercial, residential, and institutional work in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, California, and Connecticut. Clete understands that the quality of our built environment must be measured in more than simple financial terms and that social, cultural, and aesthetic considerations play an equal role in the success or failure of our professional endeavors. He is a frequent speaker at local and regional planning conferences and serves as a volunteer member of his Neighborhood’s Community Improvement Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Clete and his wife are proud parents of two college-aged children. Clete enjoys cycling, golf, and traveling with his friends and colleagues.


Brian Kruse

Director of Parks & Recreation, City of Blue Ash

Brian Kruse joined the City of Blue Ash in 2004 and was named director of Parks & Recreation in January 2019. The Blue Ash Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for the operation, programming, and maintenance associated with all of Blue Ash’s wonderful recreational amenities, including Summit Park, the Nature Park and Amphitheatre, the Blue Ash Golf Course, and the Cooper Creek Event Center. The department is also responsible for the Blue Ash Recreation Center, Towne Square and Bicentennial Veterans Memorial, Sports Center, Hunt House, and the Hazelwood Community Center. In his career with the City of Blue Ash, Brian has worked in multiple areas of the Parks and Recreation Department and has focused on managing Blue Ash’s high-level parks, centers and amenities. As assistant director, Brian gained broad experience working closely as an operational manager with Golf Maintenance, Cooper Creek Event Center, Recreation and Park Maintenance. In his role as director, Brian will oversee all areas of the Parks and Recreation Department while also working closely with Blue Ash City Council and the City Manager’s office. Brian completed his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and earned his master’s degree from the University of Alabama.

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