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Northern-Larona Community Park & Urban Farm Needs Your VOTE!

Please help the Cincinnati Zoo and our Avondale neighborhood win $15,000 for our community garden and urban farm through Nature’s Path “Gardens for Good” Contest! This is a project that has been in the works for a few years now. Just behind the Dury Employee Parking lot, on Northern Avenue, there used to be a vacant lot. It was filled with broken chain linked fencing, poison ivy, graffiti and trash. In addition, in the past 10 years, the neighborhood (called the Avenue District) has lost a lot of safe, green space for children to play and neighbors to gather.

The vacant lot before it became a beautiful park

The site before being turned into a park.

 

Residents of the Avenue District formed a Block Club, rallied together and joined forces with the Cincinnati Zoo, the Avondale Community Council, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) and Chase Bank to turn the vacant lot into a vibrant, community green space.

Zoo Staff, Avendue District Residents and Volunteers work to turn the vacant lot into a community park.

Over the past 2 years, with the help of the Zoo’s Horticulture Department and dedicated volunteers from the Zoo, Chase Bank, the Avenue District and other parts of Avondale, the vacant lot has turned into a beautiful park with native trees, shrubs and flowers, a walking path and a grassy lawn for children to play. Now, we want to turn the park into something even more – an urban farm and community garden that will bring fresh, local food into the neighborhood where there is no fresh food available. This is truly a collaborative effort between the original partners, and Urban Greens, a great organization that is serious about turning vacant lots into thriving gardens, right in the middle of the city.

By voting for the Northern-Larona Community Park and Urban Farm every day in June, you will help us get one step closer to winning $15,000. The top 9 projects with the most votes will move onto the finals. This grant money would greatly help move the project forward, and allow us to purchase more supplies and equipment needed to turn this dream into a reality. It will be used for a 2nd water line, fencing, mulch, wood chips, garden tools, a shed, and so much more!

Northern-Larona Community Park and the future site of the urban farm

You can vote for our project at the following Facebook link:

https://apps.facebook.com/gardensforgoodgrants/contests/218426/voteable_entries/51343897

There are projects that already have over 500 votes, and we are just over 100 right now. Please help us out, share with your family and friends, and help Northern-Larona Park bloom into a vibrant, urban farm – turning a food desert into a food oasis. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact Fia at gogreen@cincinnatizoo.org

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