Residents of our fair village are fortunate to enjoy a variety of parks, gardens, woods, and green spaces. Like so much in Mariemont, this did not come about by accident but was carefully thought out by Mary Emery and John Nolen, the town planner. A brochure from the 1920’s says, “In…parts of the village there will be…’reservations,’ insuring for all time…tracts of woodland, little parks, open spaces that will be used for the common welfare.” In fact, in the original plan for Mariemont, 50 acres were set aside to remain undeveloped.
Since Mariemont was conceived as an alternative to the poor housing conditions in the city of Cincinnati, much was made of the country-like feel of the town. Today’s residents enjoy many of the same parks, allotment gardens, and gathering places.
The ‘South 80’ Acres (the background picture in the collage) is a recreational park that includes hiking trails, a village garden, and proposed site of a bike trail.