Mt Echo Park– Price Hill
Overview: Mount Echo is one of Cincinnati’s lesser-known parks and is located just west of downtown, in Price Hill. Back when I worked in East Price Hill, I often stopped at this park for some solitude. But, to be honest, I don’t think I ever got very far out of my car. The view of downtown isn’t always the best from the westside–due to the industrial areas in Queensgate and Camp Washington. But, even if it’s not the BEST view of the city, this parks hosts a spectacular view of the Ohio river and Kentucky, as well. It seems like this park is easily accessible to a few subdivisions in East Price Hill and there were a few basketball and tennis courts and a baseball field that I can imagine are frequently used. We walked most of the park, but didn’t venture onto any of the wooded trails. Maybe next time!
General Cleanliness: Most of the park was clean and well maintained, but the main playground area was a total disaster. (I’m thinking–hoping–we just happened to be there the morning after a messy fast food picnic, before Parks staff could get to it.)
Parking: A few parking lots.
Bathroom Facilities: Yes, though we didn’t check to see if they were unlocked.
Picnic Area: A few picnic areas, including a really nice covered shelter, plus a few benches and lots of open grass.
Playground: One older plastic playground and a smaller area on the other end of the park with swings.
Other Amenities: The Pavilion is really neat, as is the shelter. There are ball fields and playgrounds, as well as hiking trails. The open greenspace and overlook views are the strength of the park.
*This is the second in the “Where We Play” series. If you’d like to contribute a park review as a guest blogger, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.*