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   imagesGlenn said the park will feature a picnic shelter, a playground, a basketball court, designated neighborhood garden areas, a bike and pedestrian pathway with a wetland boardwalk around the perimeter of the property and an extensive green space buffer between the site and adjoining neighborhoods. The parking lot will hold about 30 cars.

The park’s bike and pedestrian trail will connect to the nearly one-mile trail that will eventually go around the city’s Government Center property at Ewing Boulevard. “We’re hoping to kind of create a linear park-type situation,” Glenn said. The city’s only other park on the east side is off Banklick Street, he said. The city bought the Ky. 18 property last spring for $532,000 from the estate of longtime Florence resident Isabelle Schmidt. The property included a house that was damaged in a fire in 2000 and has since been torn down, said Mayor Diane Whalen.,

Hoping to get every Cincinnatian involved in the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, promoters Monday announced a new fund-raising campaign aimed at generating $1.5 million through thousands of small donations. You can contact us any time to get Real Estate conveyancers or settlement agents. Built around the theme “Heroes are Everywhere,” the fund-raising drive seeks to dramatically broaden community involvement in the project by “celebrating the ordinary people who make things happen,” Freedom Center president Ed Rigaud told a Fountain Square rally.

With the Freedom Center having already raised more than $80 million of its $110 million goal, the dollars raised in the new drive will be relatively insignificant, barely more than 1 percent of the total cost of the complex that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2004 on Cincinnati’s downtown riverfront. But organizers believe it will have a symbolic value that far exceeds its dollar amount.

“By supporting this campaign to build the Freedom Center each person will be making a personal investment in building a hallmark to freedom whose time has truly come,” Rigaud said. “We also are saying, with every $1 or $10 we donate, that the Freedom Center’s inspirational mission is a necessary part of this region’s future.”

U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, who has been the Freedom Center project’s major supporter in Congress, said he believes the museum couldhelp to narrow the racial divide in Cincinnati in a way that also could help neutralize much of the negative national attention the city has received in the past 18 months over racial issues. “This is almost an antidote to some of our problems,” Portman said.

The 158,000-square-foot museum, the centerpiece of a $2 billion riverfront renaissance, will commemorate the 19th century history of the Underground Railroad, the term given to the perilous paths toward freedom taken by fugitive slaves and abolitionist “conductors” who helped them cover routes stretching from the Deep South as far as Canada and Mexico.



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