September 25th, 2015 | Published in News
Cincinnati Preservation Board Endorses
Park Levy Charter Amendment
(CINCINNATI, OHIO) At its September meeting the Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Preservation Association endorsed the Cincinnati Parks Property Tax Levy.
The board noted that our park system is one of Cincinnati’s most significant historic resources and, as such, adds a great deal to the character and vitality of the region. The charter amendment will provide steady funding to enhance and maintain the parks and the structures within them. The parks themselves are historic cultural resources and the historic buildings within the parks are also an essential component of a visitor’s experience. The funding from the levy will ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy these unique treasures.
The Cincinnati Parks 1907 Master Plan by George Kessler was a visionary concept which sought to weave the park system into the fabric of the city. The plan as implemented achieved much of that goal and today, one hundred and eight years later, we continue to derive cultural, health and economic benefits from our outstanding park system. It is time to ensure that they are cared for in a sustainable manner.
Revitalizing our parks is a catalyst for neighborhoods. The work at Washington Park helped transform the area into an inviting, dynamic urban setting. Many other neighborhoods are poised to experience similar improvements as parks are restored under the charter amendment.
The plan of work calls for renovation of many parks and historic landmarks within them. The low annual cost ($35 per $100,000 of valuation), the Cincinnati Park Board’s proven record of careful use of public dollars, and the $5.5 million annual amount that will be used for park repairs and improvements, are all reasons for CPA’s endorsement of the Park Levy Charter Amendment. CPA encourages all Cincinnati voters to support Issue 22, the Park Levy, at the polls this November 3rd.
“We believe our parks warrant the long term, steady support this amendment establishes,” said Mary Piper, CPA Board President. “Historic buildings and landscapes should be cared for and maintained without the uncertainty of annual budgets.”
Founded in 1964, CPA (formerly known as the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy and education for the preservation of the historic built environment in the Greater Cincinnati area. More information about CPA is available at www.cincinnatipreservation.org.