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There’s no better way to say goodbye to winter than by welcoming spring under Ault Park’s cherry blossom trees.

According to Cincinnati Parks’ website, 1,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees were gifted to the city in the 1930s; and in 2008, 121 Somei Yoshino trees were planted by the Japan America Society.

Come March and April, park-goers are now greeted by the beautiful weeping, pale pink wonders in multiple of the park’s groves.

“We expect the blooming to happen soon — it can occur anytime from mid-March through mid-April,” Rocky Merz, communications and media with Cincinnati Parks, tells CityBeat. “Each year these blooms serve as an unofficial beginning to our warmer weather season in parks.”

click to enlarge A map of where cherry trees are located in Ault Park - PHOTO: CINCINNATI PARKS

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A map of where cherry trees are located in Ault Park

The trees will be in bloom for about a week.

The Cincinnati Parks’ website says there is a Kwanzan cherry tree grove on Observatory Road as you enter the park, and a collection of Japanese cherry trees at the intersection of Observatory Road and Observatory Circle. 

If you pack a picnic, be prepared to stake out a spot, as Ault Park’s blooms attract crowds of onlookers, painters and photographers.

The Cincinnati Parks website says the cherry grove near Ault Park Commons, at the intersection of Observatory Road and Circle, “has become a popular attraction for easel painters and family photos celebrating the coming of spring.”

Merz says to follow Cincinnati Parks on social media for updates and to share any of your photos.

Visit cincinnati-oh.gov/cincyparks, facebook.com/cincyparks, twitter.com/cincyparks or instagram.com/cincyparks.

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