On July 26, the latest Neighborhood Enhancement Program
wrapped up in Lower Price Hill. The 90-day blitz
is a collaboration among city departments, community organizations and residents to help jumpstart improvements in each participating neighborhood.
Launched in 2007, NEP focuses on reducing crime hotspots, beautifying streetscapes and tackling blight, but the program can also help spur more development and investment in the targeted neighborhoods. Data analysis chooses the neighborhoods that will be chosen to participate, but a neighborhood has to be ready for the program.
Price Hill Will
received a grant from the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
in March to tackle renovation of Evans Recreation Center during the NEP.
Evans was a big part of the NEP’s focus in Lower Price Hill. A former parking lot is now a skate park installed by the city and sponsored by Warsaw Federal. The skate park joins improved basketball courts and a new bicycle polo area at Evans.
The Cincinnati Reds are continuing to work on Evans and will renovate the baseball fields with the help of hundreds of volunteers from P&G.
To date, Avondale, Bond Hill, Carthage, Clifton Heights/University Heights/Fairview, College Hill, Corryville, East Price Hill, Evanston, Kennedy Heights, Madisonville, Mt. Airy, Mt. Washington
, Northside, Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton, Price Hill, Roselawn
, Walnut Hills and Westwood have all participated in the NEP.
Lower Price Hill was the 21st neighborhood to participate in NEP. The 22nd neighborhood, Mt. Auburn, will begin its blitz in mid-August.