In partnership with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, the Port Authority, SC Ministry Foundation, the University of Cincinnati, Human Nature Landscape Architecture firm, Building Value, People’s Liberty, and Green City Resou
rces, we have repurposed a vacant, half-acre lot in the Warsaw NBD. We have cleared out brush that created visibility and safety problems. We have installed rain gardens and a designed streambed to handle storm water on the steeply-sloped site. Finally, this broad partnership is installing a sculptural, outdoor percussion amenity on the site.
Olden Recreation Area
Working with the East Price Hill Business Alliance and other community members, Price Hill Will has won nearly $400,000 in funding for the Olden Recreation Area, in the middle of the Warsaw Ave. NBD. Funds went to install all new play equipment, walking paths, extensive outdoor exercise equipment, and security cameras and lighting in the once-blighted park.
St. Lawrence Square
St. Lawrence Square is a partnership between Price Hill Will and the Price Hill community to create a public space that represents civic pride and marks a historic corner in East Price Hill. The site was formerly home to the Eagle Savings Bank building that burned in 2010. The small, grassy park has a veterans’ memorial fountain, a walk with names of citizens engraved on bricks, and a stage for outdoor performances.
The ribbon cutting for the square was on May 26, 2016. At the event, the Green Township Post 10380 Color Guard marched and Vice Mayor, David Mann, spoke on behalf of the Price Hill community. Following the ribbon cutting, the square played host to a summer music series and several group fitness series’ in 2016. All of these events were free of charge and open to the public. Price Hill Will (PHW) intends to continue programming the park with events that draw residents and others to the community, creating a greater sense of vitality in the Warsaw Ave. NBD.
Warsaw Avenue Mosaics
This work of art was created through a partnership between ArtWorks and Price Hill Will in Spring 2016. ArtWorks, a non-profit that employs teens and artists to create art to transform the Greater Cincinnati community, engaged artist Lori K. Farr to work with a team of ArtWorks Youth Apprentices to create 34 mosaic panels. Local youth in the community provided input for the panel’s imagery and over 200 community members helped make the clay tiles that are incorporated into the mosaics. This project marks the completion of “Art on the Hill,” which was originally started in 1998 by Santa Maria Community Services and the children of Price Hill to represent the theme of “healthy families and safe neighborhoods”.