Melrose YMCA Development and Programming

In 1944, the Cincinnati and Hamilton County YMCA established the Walnut Hills branch, a Black alternative to the segregated Williams YMCA on McMillan. Initially the branch operated the existing Nash Recreation Center at Mt. Zion AME Church. Within a few years the programs had more than 1700 participants and required more space. The citywide YMCA[…]

Ashland (formerly Walnut Hills) Park

Cincinnati allocated $15,000 in 1906 to produce a master plan for parks and parkways. The planning culminated the very next year in a sumptuous volume containing maps, design studies, drawings and photographs detailing a lavish system of parks connected by elegant parkways, as well as plentiful playgrounds and athletic fields to provide a more verdant[…]