Keep Our Courts

Upcoming Events: Community Campfire Night Thursday, October 27th, 6-8 p.m. Eco Garden (around back) Main St. and Schiller St. Join us  for hot dogs, s’mores, hot chocolate and candy as we share info on our ongoing efforts to get city government to prioritize community needs and concerns related to our garden, basketball courts and green space. Free and open to the public. For more info, contact Jenn Arens at 513.621.5514. Recently in Keep Our Courts Vice Mayor David Mann took the time to tour the Main and Schiller courts and green space, engage with community residents and even shoot some hoops with the kids of Keep Our Courts.
Do Development Differently Over the last year, youth from Children’s’ Creative Corner of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, joined by our youth from Agents of Change, have been fighting to protect local basketball courts and greenspace that sit at one corner of an otherwise-vacant 76,000-square-foot, city-owned property directly across the street from Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, threatened by the city’s pending deal with high-end residential developer NorthPointe Groupkeep our courts 6 From cookout rallies to an on-going petition signing, committee meetings, public input sessions, a demonstration at a community council meeting and a presentation at a City Council committee meeting, these kids, their families and community members have fought in vain for a year to meet with the developer to share their concerns for the courts, the garden and the striking lack of affordability in the housing plan that would be imposed next to a school where 99 percent of its children live in poverty. Words from our key community stakeholders: What You Can Do Sign the petition and raise your voice by writing to our city’s government to tell them that we expect better choices for Cincinnati and public spaces are not up for the taking by private developers. Check out the Keep Our Courts article recently published in The Enquirer, written by Peaslee Community Education Coordinator Jennifer Arens. Follow the Keep Our Courts Campaign on Facebook for more updates. Below are links with letter writing guidelines to get you started and evaluations of NorthPointe’s plans against the official documents created to guide development in Over-the-Rhine. Letter Writing Guidelines Over-the-Rhine Comprehensive Plan Evaluation Plan Cincinnati Evaluation