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South Cumminsville Celebrates Wayne Field Renovation

On August 6th, South Cumminsville residents celebrated the renovation of the Wayne Playfield on Beekman Street.  The renovations include two rehabbed baseball fields, including bleachers, a scoreboard, and a homerun fence, an extended football field, and painted playground equipment.

These renovations were made possible through the volunteer efforts of 400 Procter & Gamble employees and the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund.  The South Cumminsville Community Council worked with the Cincinnati Recreation Department to make the park improvements as part of the council’s plan to revitalize the Beekman Street corridor.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Reds Community Fund and Procter and Gamble to South Cumminsville,” said South Cumminsville Community Council President Marilyn Evans.  “This project will help us achieve one of the objectives in our community plan—to improve our existing green space and to make our park more user friendly.”

The South Cumminsville Community Council is working to accomplish a 5-year community plan to improve living conditions in the neighborhood and to attract businesses to the area.  In 2013, the South Cumminsville conducted a walkability study for the Beekman Street corridor.  The South Cumminsville Action Team has worked with the City to implement street-calming measures to improve the area for pedestrians.  Other aspects of the plan include attracting job-training opportunities and businesses to the area, creating home ownership opportunities, and creating buffer zones between heavy industry and residential areas.

“This project is right on time,” said Evans.  “We are getting a new bathroom facility in the park, an expanded football field, and now the Reds and P&G are helping us get a premier baseball field.  The additional landscaping along Beekman will make our park one of the best in the city, and it will go a long way to promote the community’s vision for the Beekman corridor.”

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South Cumminsville Action Team: Community WIN’s

IMG_0067The South Cumminsville Action Team is a group of concerned residents and their partners working together to make South Cumminsville stronger, safer, healthier, and more economically and environmentally sustainable.Community leaders and partners are developing solutions and taking action. Two early priorities of the team’s work include:

  • Ensure safety of children walking and biking to/from Wayne Playfield by slowing down traffic on Beekman between Elmore and Dreman.
  • Provide safe crossings for children, seniors and people with disabilities to cross at main intersections and destinations.

In support of these goals, the Action Team has accomplished a lot in the last year:

  • Tree removed and sidewalk replaced on Beekman Street at Garfield Apartments. This sidewalk is now wheelchair accessible.
  • Sidewalk between Mr. Gene’s and Fey’s Market – tall weeds have been cut and trees trimmed back. (Includes city-owned and private property.)
  • Llewellyn Avenue Street sign has been replaced at Dreman Ave.
  • Pedestrian signal at the corner of Dreman Ave and Beekman St. was updated to increase the amount of time to cross and includes a count-down signal.
  • ODOT has agreed to keep Prang Street open.  The traffic will be restricted to right hand turns from Prang to Elmore and right hand turns from Elmore to Prang.
  • Signage on Llewellyn at corner of Elmore – “No trucks over 4 wheels”.
  • Permanent lane striping with two lanes each direction on Beekman was completed.
  • South Cumminsville was awarded funding from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission that will pay for improvements facilities Wayne Playfield, construction on restroom begins this fall.
  • South Cumminsville was selected from several communities for the Cincinnati Reds Community Makeover. More than 400 volunteers from P&G, the Cincinnati Zoo, and the Reds will participate in a day-long blitz on major upgrades at Millvale Recreation Center and Wayne Field on August 6th.
  • Two local corner stores (Beekman Market and Fey’s) engaged to participate in Center for Closing the Health Gap’s Health Corner Store program
  • Pedestrian signal at Beekman and Dreman upgraded
  • New playground signage at Wayne Playfield completed

The South Cumminsville Action Team meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are held in WIN’s Community Room at 1814 Dreman Avenue in South Cumminsville. For more information or to learn how you can get involved, contact Rigel Behrens at rbehrens@wincincy.org or call (513)541-4109 x.102

Improving Neighborhoods

IMG_0067Working In Neighborhoods empowers people to make informed choices for themselves and their neighborhoods through community building, home ownership, and economic learning. During 2013, WIN staff and volunteers, working with our community partners, carried out that mission in a variety of ways. Here are some highlights of accomplishments during our 35th Anniversary Year.

Economic Learning

  • Provided energy education to nearly 600 families
  • Conducted financial literacy workshops for 60 clients
  • Provided Ohio Benefits Bank Assistance to 63 clients

Community Building

  • Trained new neighborhood leaders and provided additional training for established leaders
  • Worked with the South Cumminsville Community Council and trained a core of leaders
  • Worked with the South Cumminsville Action Team to recruit 184 people to work on the Beekman Street Corridor Project

Homeownership

  • Conducted homebuyer classes for 160 clients
  • Provided individual counseling to 85 people to prepare them for homeownership
  • Conducted a Homebuyers Club for 22 clients
  • Through WIN’s housing counseling and the Save the Dream Ohio program, saved 340 homes from foreclosure
  • Started construction on 4 new units and sold 6 completed units to first-time homebuyers
  • Over 400 volunteers provided nearly 2,000 hours of service for WIN’s programs