River West Working Group and Price Hill Will are pleased to announce they have received two grants to create a park framework plan for Price Landing, a natural riverfront park along the Ohio River next to Lower Price Hill. Interact for Health has committed $30,000 to the project, and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is giving $16,000. River West Working Group will be managing the design process in coordination with Glaserworks and Human Nature, who have been hired to create the plan for the park. The process will include several consultations with stakeholders, including meetings for community input. The process will get underway later this year, with a goal of completing the park framework plan by mid-year 2015. The framework plan will delineate the major features of the park and probable the circulation of foot and car traffic. It will also include a preliminary budget for the construction of the project.
Tom Croft, Co-Chair of River West Working Group said, “This is a very exciting addition to the many positive developments driving the ongoing revitalization of our West Side neighborhoods. With the creating of Price Landing and the expansion and renovation of the Cincinnati Recreation’s nearby Evans Fields, Lower Price Hill will be a true ‘recreation destination.’ It is very encouraging that such Cincinnati stalwarts as Interact for Health and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation are investing in the revitalization of the West Side.”
Co-Chair Dave Zelman said, “Price Landing is also a key piece of our work toward realization of the Ohio River Trail West. It is at the east end of the first phase of the trail, with planning well underway to link Lower Price Hill to the Gilday Recreation Complex in Riverside. This park will serve as a gateway to western Hamilton County, and be a positive addition to our region.”
River West Working Group’s mission is to foster communication among West Side neighborhoods about development and land use issues, and to promote proactive strategies to make our City an attractive place to live and work. It has advocated for the park since 2007, when a barge terminal was proposed for the area of the planned park. The group worked with the City to change the zoning and dedicate the 16-acre site to public recreational use. River West Working Group is also a proponent of the Ohio River Trail West, a system of bikeways and greenways along the Ohio River linking many parks and greenspaces from Smale Riverfront Park to Shawnee Lookout.
Price Hill Will is a nonprofit community development corporation working to revitalize East, West and Lower Price Hill through real estate redevelopment, economic revitalization and community engagement through the arts and green initiatives.