Community Input Sessions Showcase Plans for $5M Ziegler Park Overhaul

The public will have another opportunity to weigh in on the proposed renovation of Ziegler Park on July 23. This will be the third in a series of meetings focusing on the renovation and potential expansion of the park, which is located at the northwest corner of Thirteenth and Sycamore streets.

The community input session will be held at the Woodward Theater, located at 1404 Main Street in Over-the-Rhine, at 5pm on Thursday.

The 1.4-acre park currently contains a pool, playground area, and shelter with picnic tables. To its east sits Cutter Playground and the former School for the Creative and Performing Arts building, which is being converted into a 142-apartment development called Alumni Lofts. Then, to the north, is a large parking lot, with a basketball court located just across Thirteenth Street to the south.

The latest proposal for the park was presented in late June at the launch of the Citizens for Cincinnati Parks levy campaign. The plan, said to cost $5 million, depicted the current Ziegler Park site renovated into a large, open lawn space, with the removal of the existing pool; and the parking lot to the north being removed and converted to an aquatics and play area.

A parking garage would be built under Cutter Playground, serving both the residents of Alumni Lofts and visitors to the park and surrounding area. Several enhancements along Sycamore Street would make it easier for pedestrians to cross between Ziegler Park and Cutter Playground.

According to the project team, which consists of the Cincinnati Park Board, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, City of Cincinnati, and 3CDC, the latest site plan will “maintain and expand park amenities while meeting the parking demands of the neighborhood.”

After gathering feedback, organizers say they will prepare a preliminary master plan that will be presented at a fourth community input session. From that, the final master plan will then be developed.

Cincy Stories returns for third installment on July 7

0-2The organizers of the Cincy Stories event series will be presenting their third installment on July 7 at MOTR Pub. This time, the event will feature:

  • Maryanne Zeleznik, News Director at WVXU, Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate
  • Penny Tration, drag queen and emcee
  • Alex Stone, stand-up comedian
  • Jess Lamb, musician and former American Idol contestant
  • Mike Moroski, community activist and former City Council candidate
  • Ms. Ebony J, host on Cincinnati’s 101.1 The Wiz
  • Music from Whitfield Crocker

Cincy Stories gives insight into the lives of well-known figures by presenting personal stories from their lives. Several of these stories have been broadcast on The UrbanCincy Podcast.

The event will be held on the main stage at MOTR Pub at 7 p.m.

Episode #54: Summer Update

On the 54th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Randy Simes, Jake Mecklenborg, and Chris Cousins join Travis for a summer update. We discuss the proposed parks levy, whether GE might relocate its headquarters to Cincinnati, the expansion of Red Bike, and new developments in the CBD.

Episode #53: Owner-Occupied OTR

On June 6, the Over-the-Rhine Foundation hosted a workshop called Owner Occupied OTR, sharing four stories of building renovations taking place in the neighborhood. A number of issues were covered, from financing to historic district regulations to LEED certification. On today’s podcast, we bring you our recording of this workshop.

The following PowerPoint presentations are available for download if you’d like to follow along with the speakers:

 

Episode #52: Kathy Holwadel of Cincyopolis

kathy.holwadel_1410620255_74On her blog Cincyopolis, Kathy Holwadel has been covering a number of interesting and important topics, including tax abatements for downtown office towers, incorrect property valuations and the Board of Revisions, and transparency at the Port Authority. She has also written series of posts titled Big Thinkers where she profiles some of the people she’s interviewed.

On the 52nd episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Travis and Kathy have a discussion about these topics and many others.