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Field Renovation and Community Makeover


2021 Avondale Community Makeover set for July 29

Over 300 volunteers working at six project sites across Avondale.

The Cincinnati Reds, P&G, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden are partnering for the 2021 Community Makeover service project on Thursday, July 29 in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Avondale.

The day-long volunteer project will feature six sites and more than 300 volunteers:

  • *Rockdale Academy: *Install solar panels, greenhouse andoutdoor Urban Learning Garden in conjunction with the Cincinnati Zoo; Interior renovation for new community room; new books and school supplies for each student.
  • *South Avondale Elementary School: *New synthetic turf football/soccer field in conjunction with FC Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals and the ABC (Activities Beyond the Classroom) Foundation. Indoor renovations and outdoor playground enhancements; new books and school supplies for each student.
  • Taft Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati: Improve facilities and resources for the after-school program.
  • Rockdale/Harvey Ballfield and Park: Ballfield renovations, new playground and basketball court, new mural featuring the Tuskegee Airman designed by artist Brent Billingsley.
  • Blair Ball Fields: Ballfield renovation; upgraded tennis, pickleball and basketball court along with other park amenities.
  • Larona Park/Avondale Beautification: Install shelter and add walking trail at Larona Park; plant trees and remove honeysuckle throughout Avondale.

A signature element of the 2021 Makeover will be the one-acre “Urban Learning Garden” and outdoor classroom at Rockdale Academy, designed by the Cincinnati Zoo. This project received a $45,000 grant for a solar power system from SonLight Power to be used for the greenhouse.

The Makeover was the recipient of a Community Development grant from Cincinnati Children’s to improve child and community health in Avondale. Many of the projects are promoting vibrant and healthy lifestyles through outdoor activities by leveraging expertise from community partners.

Unplug and Play Free Toy Distribution: In partnership with Toys for Tots, free toys will be distributed to Avondale children at South Avondale Elementary School from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The toys are appropriate for children preschool age through 12 years old.

Project partners include Cincinnati Public Schools, OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Cincinnati ToolBank, Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati and the City of Cincinnati.

The projects were originally scheduled to be a part of the 2020 Community Makeover in Avondale, but most of the work was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.

About the Community Makeover
The Community Makeover is designed to bring together some of Cincinnati’s oldest and most iconic institutions together with local community partners to make a transformative and sustainable impact on a Cincinnati neighborhood while strengthening youth baseball and softball programs.

Beginning in 2010, P&G and the Reds Community Fund have partnered for the Community Makeover with the Cincinnati Zoo joining the partnership in 2013 bringing a wealth of experience in horticulture, sustainable design and maintenance to the projects. Cincinnati Children’s and Interact For Health became a part of the collaboration in 2013 and Kroger came onboard in 2017.


  • 2019: St. Bernard – Ross Park, Frank Robinson Field and St. Bernard Community Room
  • 2018: Roselawn – New Prospect Baptist Church and the Summit Center
  • 2017: Evanston – Hoffman School, Hoffman Ballfields and Wayne Lurix Memorial Nature Playscape
  • 2016: Lower Price Hill – Evans Field and playground, Community Gardens and Joe Williams Family Center
  • 2015: West End – Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Sands School playground and Dyer Ballfields
  • 2014: South Cumminsville – Wayne Ballfields and Millvale Recreation Center
  • 2013: Avondale – Gabriel’s Place, Hirsch Recreation Center and Hirsch ballfields
  • 2012: Cheviot – Memorial Fields, historic grandstand and Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse
  • 2011: North College Hill – High school field and community center plus youth field in Winton Place
  • 2010: Winton Place – Brandon Phillips Field and P&G Field



The 2021 Grant Application is closed.

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