Saturday, January 21, 2012

Alms Park

We went to Alms Park and this is a very pretty park. I love going to different parks.
The Frederick H. Alms Memorial Park lies on Mt. Tusculum with its magnificent vantage point overlooking the broad Ohio River, a point originally called "Bald" Hill because the Indians had cleared the trees from its summit to have an unobstructed view of the early settlers of "Columbia." This little community was situated along the river and directly below "Bald" Hill, on which now stands the Alms Park shelter building.
Stately stone walls with tall piers frame the entrance to Alms Park. Installed in 1929, this gateway reflects the formal approach taken in the design of the park by Albert D. Taylor, a Cleveland-based landscape architect of national stature. This hilltop park was given to the Park Board in 1916 as a memorial to Frederick H. Alms by his wife. The land was once owned by Nicholas Longworth, who produced his famous Catawba wine there before the Civil War. The entrance to his underground wine cellar can still be seen to the northeast of the park's pavilion.
Parcels of park property were purchased with funds provided by the Alms estate, until the park was composed of its present 93.7 acres. From its heights, one can see the juncture of the Little Miami River with the gigantic bend of the Ohio, the hills of Kentucky, Lunken Airport, and the panoramic valleys.
The Stephen Collins Foster Memorial Statue, donated by Josiah Kirby Lilly, an Indianapolis admirer of the works of the great folksong composer, looks to the Kentucky hills which inspired so many of the songs written by Foster during the period between 1845 and 1850 when he lived near the Cincinnati waterfront. It is an appropriate spot for a memorial to one who wrote "My Old Kentucky Home" and the number of other heartfelt songs of the South which have endeared him to all America.
There are two concrete benches, a gift of the Cincinnati Garden Club, children's play equipment and picnic facilities. The park also offers a concrete slide. The park's centerpiece, the pavilion, is one of three Cincinnati stylistically inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Completed in 1929, it was designed by architects Stanley Matthews and Charles Wilkins Short, Jr. Short later became an architectural supervisor for the PWA and edited a survey, published in 1939, of public buildings funded by that agency. The front terrace and walks were designed by Albert D. Taylor, who also designed landscape plans for the pavilions in Ault and Mount Echo parks.
The park is located at 710 Tusculum Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Be sure to check it out :)   Hug's

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