Taylor Mill Celebrates 2 Magazine Honors, 1 Resolution from Cincinnati Mayor
Out of 64 applicants the Greater Cincinnati area had wanting to be a featured All-Star Community during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati in July, only 10 were selected, and only two from Northern Kentucky.
One of those select places was the City of Taylor Mill which received a plaque that was displayed by Mayor Dan Bell at the city commission meeting on Wednesday night. The city held different events to celebrate the All-Star game. There was a movie screening at Pride Park and a live broadcast of the game there as well.
“This was really a great opportunity to showcase our community and be part of that process,” said City Administrator Jill Bailey.
City leaders and staff were invited to Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati where Mayor John Cranley presented Taylor Mill with a resolution that recognized them as an All-Star neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Northern Kentucky Magazine recognized Pride Park as the best park in the region. The final decision came down to Pride Park, Tower Park in Fort Thomas, and Devou Park in Covington, but Taylor Mill’s recreational jewel won out in the end. The park was honored in the magazine and a plaque was sent to the city in recognition of the award.
“Pride Park has been a great asset to the community. It’s 80 acres that the city commission many years ago thought was a great opportunity to preserve for green space. I think that legacy has continued every city Commission I’ve worked with and has grown because of the master plan which is what you like to see done in the park. We’ve been doing some earth work and some construction, we took an opportunity to rebuild the amphitheater based upon a contract we negotiated very inexpensively for some dirt and earthworks in the park that makes it handicap accessible, makes it a better area for residents to be able to utilize for future events whether it be concerts or plays in the park. We also have an opportunity there to partner with the schools for outdoor classrooms and things like that,” Bailey said.
Mayor Bell thanked the taxpayers of Taylor Mill whose tax money funded the park and all of its improvements. He said that efforts would soon be made to connect the trails in the park.
The third honor for the city featured at the meeting was Cincy Magazine’s Top Community Acknowledgement. The magazine annually writes a feature called “Rating the Burbs” where the top 50 communities in the tri-state area are evaluated. Taylor Mill was ranked 9th and was the top listed Northern Kentucky community. Taylor Mill was not listed at all in previous year’s rankings. The magazine listed quiet neighborhoods, fun festivals and many recreational opportunities as reasons for its high ranking.
“That’s something that all of us can be proud of,” said Mayor Bell. “Our intent is always to have the best community we could have to raise your family and have a safe place to live.”
Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor
Photo from All-Star celebration at Pride Park (RCN file)