Living in Edgewood: Where the sidewalk never ends and the mayor has served for two decades

EDGEWOOD, Ky. - Editor's Note: Readers may have noticed that our regular feature, "Meet the Mayor," has been missing for about a month. We put the series on hiatus, reworked it, and now are pleased to bring you "Living In..." in its place each Wednesday.

Edgewood, Ky.

  • County: Kenton
  • Population: 8,950
  • Mayor: John D. Link Elected: January 1, 1994
  • Founded: In 1948. Edgewood takes its name from an early homestead in what is now Walker Estates. The current city is the result of many mergers and annexations. It became a corporation in January 1, 1969.
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Did you know? Edgewood played a part in early aviation experiments in Northern Kentucky. In 1930, an airport was constructed where Presidents Park is today. 

At age 70, Mayor John Link is dedicated to the residents of Edgewood. Although he grew up in Chicago, he and his wife moved to Edgewood in 1974 where he thought his four children could be raised in a pleasant community. By 1976, Link was elected to city council where he served until 1982. After a sabbatical, he returned to politics in 1991, ran for mayor in 1993 and began a twenty-year term lasting to this day.

In the 1990s, Link started what he considers his biggest contribution: A sidewalk program which encircles the entire city, encouraging walkers to be friendly and comfortable in their living environment. The Commonwealth of Kentucky, the city of Edgewood and Thomas More College all contributed to this program. The mayor wants people of all ages to connect with sidewalks.

In addition, residents enjoy four parks :

  • Presidents Park
  • Freedom Park
  • Bill Grady Pocket Park
  • Victory Park.

Although City Administrative Officer and Northern Kentucky native Brian Dehner, 48, just joined the city staff two months ago, he has already noticed that Edgewood is a destination for mostly Northern Kentuckians who want a progressive community, good housing, excellent schools, clean streets and safe neighborhoods.

"If you were raised in Edgewood," he said, "You will stay." Along with Mayor Link, Dehner supports healthy choices that Edgewood offers, whether they are walking the city-maintained sidewalks or opportunities for softball, volleyball, golf or soccer. On July 4, the city sponsors a 5K race, parade and fireworks.

More about Edgewood:

Mayor Link commented that St. Elizabeth Medical Center  continues to help make this community a strong source of financial stability. Sponsored by the Diocese of Covington, it is one of the oldest, largest and most respected medical providers in the Greater Cincinnati region.  

Gateway Community and Technical College , also located in Edgewood, along with other businesses, have furthered the development of the city.

  • The city is a mayor/council form of government with seven council members.
  • Edgewood operates on a fiscal year of July 1 through June 30.
  • Council meetings may be viewed live on cable TV.
  • The Edgewood city building was completed in May 2006.
  • Edgewood children attend Kenton County Schools
  • There is a senior center in Freedom Park

If you think WCPO.com readers should know about your community, drop Community Editor Holly Edgell a line at holly.edgell@wcpo.com.

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