Community Spotlight: Northside

Lisa Auciello, Northside Community Council Board Secretary

The Community:
Northside is a neighborhood in the city of Cincinnati and has a population of 9,389.  

WeTHRIVE! Contact:
Lisa Auciello, Board Secretary for the Northside Community Council, has lived in Northside for ten years and is a member of Northside Citizens on Patrol. Lisa led the effort to pass the WeTHRIVE! Wellness Resolution in June 2011 and is a dedicated advocate for Northside’s youth.

How Northside THRIVES!:
  • WeTHRIVE! Community: On June 11, 2011, Northside Community Council became the first community in Hamilton County to pass the WeTHRIVE! Wellness Resolution, making a commitment to improve healthy food access and increase physical activity opportunities for residents, especially youth. Their plans include healthy cooking classes for teens, cleaning up walk-to-school routes, and a hip-hop dance program that fosters teen leadership.
  • Physical Activity: Northside’s walkability lets residents do much of their day-to-day activities and errands without driving. The McKie Recreation Center (temporarily closed for renovation) has an outdoor pool, a community garden and fitness opportunities for children and adults.
  • Healthy Food Access: The Northside Farmers Market is open year-round. From May through October, you’ll find it in Hoffner Park on Wednesdays, 4:00-7:30pm. The winter location is North Presbyterian Church (4222 Hamilton Ave). You can find them on Facebook.
  • Community Gardening: The Village Green Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to bring together diverse members of the community around a common commitment to community building, urban organic agriculture and access to healthy food. They have 20 garden plots where residents grow vegetables using sustainable, organic methods. Churches Active in Northside (CAIN), Happen Inc., and McKie Recreation Center also have community gardens.
  • Parks and Green Space: Northside has many attractive parks and woods, complete with hiking trails. These include: Hoffner Park, Jergen’s Park, Mt. Airy Forest, Parker's Woods Park, Buttercup Valley Nature Preserve, Badgeley Run Park and Bradford-Felter Tanglewood Park.
  • Citizens on Patrol: Volunteers walk Northside streets to keep the neighborhood safe.

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