May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Labor of Love at Walnut Hills' Oldest Community Garden

The oldest community garden in Walnut Hills, and one of the first community gardens started by the Civic Garden Center, Walnut Hills Community Garden has been the recipient of much love and attention over the past month. Twenty eight of the thirty beds have been cleared and turned over, four beds have been planted, and more than half of the beds have been refilled with the best topsoil that Hafner's had available. Check out the before (left) and after (right) below! Expect to see peas soon, with their fragrant blossoms perfuming the sidewalks. All different kinds of lettuce, too, will soon be gracing the plates of those Walnut Hills residents who are interested in eating food produced as fresh and as locally as possible.

Thank you to the Civic Garden Center for supplying volunteers, thank you to CECO Environmental for not only providing sweat equity, but for actually renting a bed for their employees to enjoy! Thank you to Reigning Royalty, a chapter of the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, for planting and bringing an Easter Egg Hunt to the garden. And last, but not least, thank you to Ohio Serves, for providing funding for Global Youth Services Day, which paid for the topsoil, tools, and lumber to repair some of the beds. For information on renting a bed at the Walnut Hills Community Garden, located at the corner of Beecher and Stanton, call or text Brenda Baker, garden volunteer, at (513) 706-9279.

Walnut Wheels Partners with Children's Hospital at Frederick Douglass

Walnut Wheels collaborates with Children's Hospital to hand out food samples and recipes after school at Frederick Douglass.

Frederick Douglass at the Convention Center

Students from Frederick Douglass got to work the stations with Chef Chaney and his staff at the Duke Energy Convention Center kitchen.

Global Youth Service Day


Global Youth Service Day was celebrated by many teenagers in the neighborhood this year. Warm weather met us on East McMillan as we ventured out to replant flowers in the business district. Laughter and teamwork kept us going until we ended service with dinner at Gomez! Our Community Outreach Coordinator, Aprina will be leading this work for the next 5 months. If your interested in donating time and or resources please contact her at 513-704-5580!

Food Forest PopUp PickUp - Coming Soon!

We're partnering with Food Forest on a grocery pickup service in the neighborhood. Last month we tested the grocery ordering software and the distribution logistics for the Food Forest PopUp PickUp. Come to Area Council on May 9th to learn more about Food Forest and the PopUp PickUp launch! This pilot has been made possible by the generous support of The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

Get Involved

Seeking Engaged Street Food Festival Committee Members

WHRF is seeking engaged community members for the Walnut Hills Street Food Festival Committee. If you're interested, please reach out to our executive director at

We're Hiring!

We are hiring a program manager for our creative placemaking step van Walnut Wheels! This is a 400-hour, grant funded position. Check out the position description here. If you're interested, send a resume and cover letter to

Job Opportunities

We're currently looking for a reliable person who would like to assist with our youth summer program as a water transporter. Do you have 4 to 6 hours a week available, June - September? Do you have a truck that can carry about a half ton? Then you just might be our person to make this happen. Contact Aprina by email or phone for more info. 513-704-5580

We are also looking for a person willing to pick up trash twice a week at properties we own. We estimate that this will take 4 hours per week. A friendly, able bodied, reliable person is our best candidate. Contact Aprina by email or phone. 513-704-5580

In the News

Welcome CoMADE!

Welcome, CoMADE! CoMade's initiative to establish a Cincinnati hub for manufacturing, product innovation, and job training will launch its first phase in Walnut Hills! The first services offered will include a community tool library. Soon after, shared desk and studio space will be available, followed by training workshops. Read more in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

KCB Shouts Out WHRF Staff!

Gary has lived in Walnut Hills for 40 years and is a dedicated volunteer for Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. We are lucky to have him on staff! Check out KCB's recent shout out here.

Food Access in The Enquirer

Food access in Walnut Hills and Avondale was recently featured in The Enquirer. Check it out here.



Pre Walnut Hills Area Council Presentation

No vote needed

Family First Saturday

Solopreneurs Gather- Resources for Small Businesses

Star Wars Trivia Night

Walnut Hills Area Council

Green Man Twist Soft Serve Social

Housing Resources Committee

Wander Walnut Hills Food Tour

Walnut Hills Business Group Meetup

Betty's Book Launch

Safety Committee

Fire Co 16 150th Birthday

Art After Dark

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market

Live Jazz at Caffe Vivace


(WHRF will continue to update regularly at WHAC)

May 4, 11-4 @ Cincinnati Art Museum

May 8, 4-6pm @ Gather Cincy (pre-register online)

May 8, 7pm @ Brew House

May 9, 6:30pm @ Bush Rec Center

May 11, 4-8pm @ Green Man Twist

May 16, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

May 18, 1:30-4:30pm, $55 per person

May 22, 5-9pm @ the Dillard Buidling

791 E McMillan, check out the event here

May 23, 6pm @ Bush Rec Center

May 25, 11-4 @ Fireside Pizza

May 31, 5-10pm @ Cincinnati Art Museum

Every Friday 1-3pm

Most evenings, see website for schedule

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May Newsletter

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Real Estate & Economic Development


Comfort Station

Construction is nearing completion at the century-old Public Comfort Station building. We are excited to share that the team behind the creative Over-the-Rhine cocktail destination Sundry and Vice will be bringing a second space to Walnut Hills at this location. Slated to open this summer, Comfort Station will serve dual purposes as a daytime coffee/cocktail destination and a basement level cocktail lounge. Click the photo for more information.

Milhaus Construction

Construction at the Milhaus mixed-use development Poste is making progress! The project includes 124 market-rate apartments.

NBDIP Funding Request

The WHRF is applying for two projects through the City's Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP). The projects were presented at the March Walnut Hills Area Council (WHAC) meeting and will be presented again at the Bush Recreation Center on Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 pm. You can view the presentation here.

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Community Meetings & Events


Concord Garden

The community gardens of Walnut Hills are beginning to come back to life! The eternal resurrection of life can be seen in the swelling buds of the trees, the spring bulbs as they peek out from under the warmth and comfort of winter's cover, and the birds as they serenade us with love songs. On March 9, Concord Community Garden had our first volunteer group of the season, UC Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, spreading wood chips, trimming raspberries and blackberries, and doing general clean up. On Wednesday, Gamble Montessori came and helped us turn the soil in the beds, and plant spring greens and peas. On Sunday March 17, in the tradition of St. Patrick, the committed individual gardeners planted four different kinds of potatoes. On March 29, we welcomed the Civic Garden Center, who turned more beds and started seeds in the Greenhouse. On March 30, we hosted students as part of Clean Up Cincinnati, who completed maintenance on the garden beds, picked up trash around the garden, cleaned out the greenhouse and the tool bin, and planted more lettuce and peas. At the May Street orchard, we were grateful for help from the IU Alumni Association and the UC Fraternity Alpha Pi Omega on March 30th. Weather wise, March went out like a lamb, but our volunteer efforts are a roaring success. 


Frederick Douglass Elementary Garden

The Planting Panthers at Frederick Douglass Elementary are ready for Spring! They're already starting veggies, greens, and flower seeds, with the help of Walnut Hills High School students, to plant in the school garden.


Walnut Hills Historical Society

 Check out the Walnut Hills Historical Society's upcoming on the road meetup April 17th 6:30 pm at 2442 Gilbert. Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with good vibes with them at The Greenwich. Click photo for more information.

Community Listening Session with May Square Developer, and Paramount Redevelopment Group

Join the conversation and share your input on the new May Square Development.

Property Tax Working Group Public Meeting

The Property Tax Working Group has a scheduled a public meeting tomorrow on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., to be held at William H. Taft Elementary School, 270 Southern Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219. Get more information at

Walnut Hills Area Council Meetings

If you're interested in becoming more involved as a resident, check out these monthly meetings. Get connected here

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