Lower Price Hill Kicks Off 90-Day Blitz


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Lower Price Hill Kicks Off 90-Day Blitz

01 March 2016 - 12:00:00 AM

Harry Black
City Manager

February 29, 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: Rocky Merz at rocky.merz@cincinnati-oh.gov or 513-352-5358

Unprecedented partnership between NEP and Community Makeover Project

Cincinnati, OH – This morning Mayor John Cranley and Reds COO Phil Castellini joined community leaders from Lower Price Hill to jointly announce a partnership between the City’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) and the P & G, Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Community Makeover Project to collectively benefit the Lower Price Hill community.

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program will serve as an overall catalyst for community re-building, achieving decreases in baseline “blight index” and crime statistics, completion of inspections of properties for building infractions, significant volunteer driven community clean up and beautification activities, and implementing a community driven signature project. This project will be a new skate park in the community. The NEP will run from March 1 to May 31, with continuing activities leading up to the July 28 Community Makeover event.

As the winner of the Community Makeover, Lower Price Hill will receive a major renovation of the ballfields at Evans Playground, the creation of a community garden and greenspace and the former Espy Boys & Girls Club will be transformed into a youth center.

Elements of the Community Makeover include:

  • Evans Field and Playground: Upgrade existing baseball fields and park amenities
  • Community Gardens: Develop largest greenspace in Lower Price Hill with natural playscape and learning gardens for children
  • Espy Center: Upgrade the former Boys & Girls Club in partnership with Community Matters and Santa Maria Youth Services

Planning for the project has begun and will culminate July 28 when more than 300 volunteers from P&G, the Zoo and Reds Community Fund staff and board members will participate in a day-long volunteer project.

“This is the ultimate public-private partnership. Leveraging City resources with private sector investment and countless volunteer hours will positively impact Lower Price HiIl for years to come,” said Mayor John Cranley.

Project partners for the Community Makeover include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Interact For Health. Community partners include Community Matters, Santa Maria Community Services, Community Learning Center Institute, Bloc Ministries, Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the City of Cincinnati’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP).