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Extreme Makeover: Lower Price Hill edition

Posted at 1:35 PM, Mar 01, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Lower Price Hill will get some major TLC this year as it was selected for Cincinnati's 2016 Neighborhood Enhancement Program.

Procter & Gamble, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden chose Lower Price Hill for their annual community makeover, city representatives announced Tuesday morning.

As the winner, Lower Price Hill will receive a major renovation of the ball fields at Evans Playground, the creation of a community garden and green space and the transformation of the former Espy Boys & Girls Club into a youth center.

P&G and the Reds Community Fund have partnered for the Community Makeover since 2010, and the Cincinnati Zoo joined the partnership in 2013. The zoo 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.

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.

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.

Past Community Makeover projects include:

  • 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