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Hanley Sustainability Institute

About Lincoln Hill Gardens

Known as Lincoln Hill Gardens, this 5-acre site, located among the residents it serves, was transformed into a sustainable educational site that increases neighborhood access to fresh, healthy foods and offers open green space for community gatherings and nature play. The original master site plan for Lincoln Hill Gardens (found below) included elements of urban agriculture, community gathering, outdoor education, and recreation. Planning is being done to alter the original plan, but it will still be a valuable community resource. Read the original brochure (pdf) >


In an almost unbelievable statistic, the Dayton Metropolitan area ranked 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 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 was to develop a sustainable, multipurpose urban agriculture and community green space within Dayton’s Twin Towers Neighborhood.  The partnership was joined by MKSK, a Columbus-based landscape architecture and urban design firm in the work of bringing the vision of Lincoln Hill Gardens to fruition.


Hanley Sustainability Institute

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2950