Lower Price Hill Chosen For Community Makeover

Evans Playground To Get Renovations

Procter & Gamble, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden have chosen the Cincinnati neighborhood of Lower Price Hill as the winner of the 2016 Community Makeover.

As the winner, Lower Price Hill will receive a major renovation of the ballfields at Evans Playground, the creation of a community garden and greenspace and the former Espy Boys & Girls Club will be transformed into a youth center. 

The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference where representatives from the City of Cincinnati selected Lower Price Hill as a recipient of a 2016 Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP).

Elements of the Community Makeover will include:
• Evans Field and Playground: Upgrade existing baseball fields and park amenities 
• Community Gardens: Develop largest greenspace in Lower Price Hill with natural playscape and learning gardens for children 
• Espy Center: Upgrade the former Boys & Girls Club in partnership with Community Matters and Santa Maria Youth Services  

Planning for the project has already begun and will culminate on July 28 when more than 300 volunteers from P&G, the Zoo and Reds Community Fund staff and board members will participate in a day-long volunteer project. 

Project partners include Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Interact For Health and partners from the community include Community Matters, Santa Maria Community Services, Community Learning Center Institute, Bloc Ministries, Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the City of Cincinnati's Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP). 

P&G, the Reds and the Zoo's investments in Lower Price Hill will provide significant and sustainable impact, including reducing operating costs and energy usage and investing in the long-term development of the community and its residents. 

The project will include support from hundreds of corporate and community volunteers but there is a need for donations and in-kind contributions. To find out more, please contact the Reds Community Fund at 513-765-7231 or CommunityMakeover@reds.com.

P&G and the Reds Community Fund have partnered for the Community Makeover since 2010 and the Cincinnati Zoo joined the partnership in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience in horticulture, sustainable design and maintenance to the projects.

The goal of the annual program is to choose a neighborhood renovation project that improves local youth baseball and softball programs while making a significant impact on the community and its residents. 

Past Community Makeover projects:
• 2010: Winton Place: Brandon Phillips Field and P&G Field 
• 2011: North College Hill: High school field and community center plus youth field in Winton Place
• 2012: Cheviot: Memorial Fields, historic grandstand and Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse 
• 2013: Avondale: Gabriel's Place, Hirsch Recreation Center and Hirsh ballfields
• 2014: South Cumminsville: Wayne ballfields and Millvale Recreation Center
• 2015: West End: Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Sands School playground and Dyer ballfields