Lower Price Hill Neighborhood
In 2007 a group of concerned Cincinnati, Ohio residents – who live along Ohio riverfront neighborhoods – fought a proposal which would have placed a high intensity industrial use on a 16 acre piece of riverfront land. Years later, after persuading Cincinnati authorities to change the zoning of the property to allow only park uses that group hired glaserworks to create a park plan.
glaserworks, in collaboration with the landscape architecture firm Human Nature and the engineering firm URS, led a community-driven process to prepare a conceptual design for a multi-faceted park and nexus point for two long-range bike trails: The Ohio River Trail and the Mill Creek Greenway Trail. We met with city officials, community representatives and others, and led two public design workshops in order to create the Framework Plan.
The goal of the Price Landing Framework Plan was to define and visualize the key elements of the park and provide a design, created with community support, which would help the community obtain funding for the park’s construction. The two public participation workshops were attend by over 80 people each.
The Price Landing site is long and narrow. It is squeezed between the Ohio River and a transportation conduit made up of train tracks and a recently expanded and elevated highway. This highway is a visual and physical barrier between the Ohio River and the Lower Price Hill neighborhood.
Lower Price Hill is one of Cincinnati’s smallest, poorest neighborhoods. It has 1800 residents who have a median annual income of below $32,000. Its mostly Appalachian population is packed into about 10 blocks of historic, but deteriorating, buildings.
The park will have multiple features: an amphitheater, several look-outs, a boat launch, open lawns, a dog park, a playground and possibly an ecological and industrial education center. The park will also provide a key intersection for two regional bike paths which will meet at the park and proceed toward downtown Cincinnati.