Monday 2 April 2012: Cincinnati Parks 4 - Mount Echo Park
I got out to the gym this morning before Lenten study at church - so I felt quite proud of myself! It was a beautiful day, so after a bit of lunch at home, I headed downtown to Mount Echo Park, to continue my Cincinnati Parks series. Mount Echo Park is on the west side of town, in an area known as Price Hill. Cincinnati became heavily populated in the 19th century, due to steamboat traffic and hog packing, and some of the city's wealthier residents settled in the nearly inaccessible hill country to the west. This region was high enough and far enough away to escape the pollution and crowdedness of the inner city. One such resident was General Rees E. Price, who purchased and developed large parts of the hill. The area was then called "Price's Hill", later shortened to "Price Hill". Mount Echo Park was established in 1908, and improvements were made in the 1920s and '30s.
The pavilion, shown in my blip, offers a sweeping view of downtown, the
Ohio River and riverside hills of Kentucky. Like its architectural cousins, the pavilions at Alms Park and Ault parks, Mt. Echo's pavilion was designed in the Italian Renaissance style with elegant arches and columns, and was built in the late 1920s. For more pictures of the park, please check out my Smugmug gallery.
One year ago: Evening sky