Monday, April 21, 2014 · 8:29 a.m.

Pocket park completed near Battle Academy

Ribbon cutting scheduled during Mainx24

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Above is a rendering from before the park was complete. (Artist rendering: Contributed)

After three years of work, the pocket park outside of Battle Academy is complete.

The project was a collaboration between members of the Cowart Place Neighborhood Association, local business leaders, individuals and officials with Hamilton County Board of Education.

"The list of people responsible for making this happen is extensive, and it was all done locally," Heidi Hefferlin, Southside business owner and president of the Cowart Place Neighborhood Association, said in a prepared statement. "We want to continue to see this side of town grow and flourish; it’s a great place to work, live and play."

Leaders started raising money for the park at the 2011 Mainx24 event, according to Nooga.com archives.

They raised $3,300 through a pancake breakfast at the 24-hour block party, and leaders with the Lyndhurst Foundation gave $10,000. It gained momentum from there. 

The final round of funding, which was $45,000, came from several different sources.

Leaders with the Benwood Foundation contributed $10,000; Hamilton County Commissioners Warren Mackey, Joe Graham and Tim Boyd each gave $5,000; and the Lyndhurst Foundation contributed $20,000. 

That money went toward the completion of the chess pavilion, pingpong table and several graphic signs that depict the history of the area. The park now also has benches and lighting.

"The Cowart Place Neighborhood Association is setting a good example for the entire community by taking the time to coordinate resources and build this pocket park," Gary Waters, Hamilton County’s assistant superintendent for auxiliary services, said in a prepared statement. "Building the park on school property is a win for the school and the Southside residents."

The park, which is at 1601 S. Market St., is 18,500 square feet and is called Water Tower Park.

Officials have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. during Mainx24.

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