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Washington Park, Cincinnati

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Washington Park is bounded by West 12th, Race and Elm Streets in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The park is owned and operated by the Cincinnati Park Board. The 6-acre (2.4 ha) park served as Presbyterian and Episcopal cemeteries before it was acquired by the city from 1858 to 1863. The park has an old-fashioned bandstand and many trees. Several American Civil War cannons and busts of Civil War heroes Frederick Hecker and Colonel Robert Latimer McCook, who commanded the German 9th Ohio Infantry (Die Neuner) are in the park. There is also a bronze tablet (1931) given by Sons and Daughters of the (Die Neuner) 9th O.V.I.

The Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States was held at the park in 1888. It was, in addition to the celebration of Ohio's progress, designed to celebrate the settlement of the Northwest Territory.

The park stands in the shadow of the Cincinnati Music Hall. While the now-demolished Washington Park School was located at its north end, a new School for Creative and Performing Arts currently stands across Twelfth Street at its south end.
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  • Love the artsy feel of this park with water spouts kids can get wet in and cool play ground. They have concerts in the park and a tiny dog park. 
    Love the artsy feel of this park with water spouts kids can get wet in and cool play ground. They have concerts in the park and a tiny dog park.  more »
  • My husband and I attended a play at Cincinnati Shakespeare theater and Washington Park is close by. It's a lovely park with trees lots of lawn area for picnics, play and even a dog park. They have... 
    My husband and I attended a play at Cincinnati Shakespeare theater and Washington Park is close by. It's a lovely park with trees lots of lawn area for picnics, play and even a dog park. They have...  more »
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  • This crazy Ohio weather hasn't given much time for walking/hiking. I was so greatful for a gorgeous afternoon. After my business meeting for the day, I spent a few moments admiring this lovely city park. You had people of all ages and walks of life. They had children playing at the playground, older and younger couples hand in hand. People walking their dogs to the dog park and the lovely outdoor seating space. I would most definitely recommend this little gem inside the amazing city of Cincinnati!
  • Gorgeous park, my favorite in the city! There is always such a great community presence, the dog park is very spacious (could use more shade though!!), the park is well-kept with beautiful seasonal flowers and landscaping, and there’s so many fun events happening. Some of my favorite events are the Thursday blue grass roots revival series and the Tuesday workout series!

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