June 12, 2014
Mayor, Community & Corporate Partners Wrap Up East Price HiIl NEP
This morning in East Price Hill, to the sounds of a mariachi band, a festive atmosphere greeted the East Price Hill community at the press conference concluding the 17th Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP).
The celebration reflected the many accomplishments resulting in the successful collaborations during the NEP. In addition to the Price Hill Kroger hosting this event, they announced a $1,000 contribution to the community for further beautification and safety projects.
Significantly, District 3 Police reported a 25% reduction in overall crime and a 33% reduction in violent crime compared to this same time last year. Further, calls for service were reduced by 507 so far this year.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful announced results of a 6.35% decrease in blight over the last 90 days.
In collaboration with the Department of Public Services, they also coordinated three huge community cleanups with a total of 441 volunteers filling 10 dumpsters, collecting over 250 tires and cleaning up 2 illegal dump sites. Volunteers painted 80 fire hydrants and 20 parking meters.
Demonstrating the power of partnership, volunteers came from the University of Cincinnati, East Price Hill, Elder High School, Talbert House, Kroger and New Foundations Living.
Cincinnati Christian University celebrated their 90th anniversary while kicking off their Community Service Day where over 200 students helped clean up East Price Hill.
"We have come together and had a remarkable 90 days, the results are fantastic with more to come," said Patti Hogan, NEP Chair for East Price Hill.
The Department of Transportation and Engineering and District 3 Police worked with Queen City Metro to successfully remove two bus stops on Warsaw Avenue that were the location of significant disorder.
The Recreation Commission in partnership with 45 Deloitte employees and the Reds Community Fund made substantial improvements to the baseball field, basketball court and picnic/play areas of Dempsey Park.
"Our Neighborhood Enhancement Program is an effective tool that’s produced fantastic results for the communities where it’s been deployed. The latest results in East Price Hill are especially impressive. More than 400 volunteers helped clean up the neighborhood, and our city departments and community partners also pitched in with various projects. NEP provides the type of help that many residents seek in improving their communities," said Mayor John Cranley.