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.For Washington Park and beyond, use our Cincinnati trip planner to get the most from your Cincinnati vacation.
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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There is a dog park that is perfect for our dog, living 5 minutes away. There is also a patio that serves drinks, with limited hours (and heat lamps) in the winter. Every month, there is a flea... more »
My wife and I take walks through parks in every city we visit, Washington Park is one we will be looking forward to returning to. more »
I was impressed with this Park! It's clean. It's well populated without being overly crowded and it appears that there's something for everyone. There's a fenced play area. There's a fenced dog park with water running through it. The dog park was well kept and people respect the rules. There's even a concession area that serves all kinds of beverages called The Porch. There's plenty of park benches and available seating. There's plenty of shade and winding walking paths. This beautiful park even has a water park area. I was there for the first time, for the dog park. Me and my dog enjoyed it!
Great place to walk around and visit on weekends. There is always something going on at Washington Park on weekends in the summer. It's a good place to check for a date night or a family trip. Kids will enjoy the playground and water play area. The park is always busy with people enjoying the outdoors.
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