Aug. 15, 2014
Walnut Hills Kicks Off Neighborhood Enhancement Program
This morning in Walnut Hills, the City of Cincinnati joined more than 150 people to kick off the Walnut Hills Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP).
The program focuses on developing neighborhood assets and improving the quality of life. This City/community partnership will concentrate efforts to remove blight, lower crime and improve the neighborhood. Walnut Hills is the 18th neighborhood to host an NEP.
Several new partners were announced this morning, including Mercy Health, Humana MarketPoint, The Community Builders, Kroger, Thompson MacConnell Cadillac, CORE Redevelopment Group and The Model Group. Their contributions will go toward the Walnut Hills NEP Fund for projects to improve the focus area. Humana MarketPoint announced a health fair to be held at Bush Recreation Center on Oct. 11.
"Walnut Hills is excited to work collaboratively to improve the holistic health of our community, and the NEP is the right combination of tools to do just that," said Clarence Taylor, President, Walnut Hills Area Council.
"Our Neighborhood Enhancement Program is a great way to bring together residents, city departments and local businesses to help improve neighborhoods. Instead of just being reactive to problems, NEP allows us to take proactive steps to protect and improve neighborhoods. It’s truly a collaborative approach that can work wonders," said Mayor John Cranley
City engagement, strategic partnerships and community participation are the main ingredients that have made this program a huge success. The Walnut Hills NEP will continue until the middle of November.