Grant Playground, centrally located in OTR, has seen its share of transformation in recent months.
The park shines brightly with freshly painted play equipment surrounded by basketball courts and lush grass for sunbathing. The Start Small build-site is only a short walk away which makes the park an ideal attraction for tiny homeowners. Each unit will fit snugly within their respective lots, 144 and 142, with much of the available outdoor space occupied by a garden. This makes Grant Playground a valuable asset for tiny homeowners who often seek out public spaces in order to feel connected to their community. OTR is walkable and so well connected that the parks and playgrounds function more like shared "backyards" for its residents.
Last week, Haile Fellow Brad Cooper hosted an event at the playground as a part of his Live Large event series. A half-dozen tiny home fanatics and those interested in Start Small enjoyed complimentary Jamaican-American soul food provided by Dana Higgins from JameriSol. Her company was one of eleven that graduated from the OTR-based business accelerator MORTAR. Cooper explained some recent changes to his design and answered questions about the project, the home-buying process, and tiny living.
Recently there has been a growing number of opportunities for locals to engage with their surroundings and one another. For instance, have you ever heard of “fowling?” Just in case you’ve missed this most recent craze we’ve got the scoop for you. Imagine that your local bowling alley hooked-up with your backyard cornhole set; now add a football to the mix. I think you know where I’m going with this—Cincinnatians are loving this newfound sport and you can too by joining Christian Moerlein Brewery at Grant Playground the final Sunday of each month.
The non-profit organization Cincinnati Recreation Commission, established in 1927, has played a major part in the push to renovate Grant Playground. The role of the CRC is crucial considering that Cincinnati is one of few US cities that manages their parks and recreational facilities separately. The playground is expanding after recent upgrades made possible by the city's Neighborhood Enhancement Program as well as private donations. Due to their efforts, life in surrounding neighborhoods has been improved not only for residents, but for local business and potential tiny homebuyers.
Join us at the next Live Large event happening Wednesday, July 29th at 5:30 PM. 2015 Haile Fellow Brad Cooper will be conducting a full presentation titled "Live Large in a Tiny Home" at PL's headquarters located at 1805 Elm St, right across from Findlay Market. Potential tiny homebuyers are required to attend at least one of the Live Large events!