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Lincoln Hill Gardens

In an almost unbelievable statistic, the Dayton Metropolitan area ranks worst in Ohio and 9th in the country in food hardship. Nearly every urban area in the Miami Valley is a food desert - the Dayton core is no exception. To assist in combating this problem, HSI has partnered with local non-profit organizations East End Community Services and Mission of Mary Cooperative to initiate change within the urban regions of East Dayton. The initial goal of this partnership is to develop a sustainable, multipurpose urban agriculture and community green space within Dayton’s Twin Towers Neighborhood.

Known as Lincoln Hill Gardens, this five-acre site, located among the residents it will serve, is being transformed into a sustainable multipurpose site with educational and recreational elements that increase neighborhood access to fresh, healthy foods and offers open green space for community gatherings and nature play. MKSK, a Columbus-based landscape architecture and urban design firm, is leading the design and planning process for the Lincoln Hill Gardens project by masterfully integrating input from both community and UD stakeholders. Through collaborative meetings and workshops, MKSK has developed a master site plan for Lincoln Hill Gardens (found below) that includes elements of urban agriculture, community gathering, outdoor education, and recreation. In addition, they have developed a phased plan and estimated budget. Additional fundraising will be required to execute the MKSK plan.

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2964