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Volunteers give new life to Roselawn church, create 'urban campground'

Posted at 1:32 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 13:32:33-04

CINCINNATI -- Roselawn residents will no longer have to leave the city to be one with nature. 

About 500 volunteers are working on revitalizing Prospect Baptist Church’s 22-acre campus into an “urban campground” for the community. 

Rev. Damon Lynch III said the space will boast 60 fruit-bearing trees, a new baseball field and a kitchen for kids to learn how to cook. 

"I can't wait for kids to come out here and see nature and be inspired it,” Lynch said. 

Volunteers from P&G, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Kroger, GE, Interact for Health and OneSource helped build on and revitalize the space. 

Cincinnati Zoo volunteers cleared the area for the campground and built an amphitheater and a fire pit; they also planted trees. Kroger volunteers rehabbed the Summit Center’s kitchen space. 

A team from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center created a Teen Wellness Center, which will feature a computer lab, yoga and sessions on nutrition and fitness. 

GE volunteers added a “maker space,” complete with new technology and computers. Interact For Health provided funding and volunteer support, Cincinnati Community ToolBank provided more than 1,400 tools and equipment and OneSource assisted with furniture and interior design.