Downtown Cincinnati Newsletter June 11 2020June 11, 2020
Thousands of protesters gathered in Downtown Cincinnati over the weekend, continuing to demonstrate in support of social justice and racial equality. The protests, which brought large numbers, remained peaceful and included speeches from local activists and other community leaders. Many businesses in Over-the-Rhine with bordered up windows transformed them into canvases for murals and other artwork, displaying powerful messages of strength and unity. Several businesses and organizations became rest stations, providing water, restrooms and other support to protestors, including the Contemporary Arts Center, The Hub OTR, Lost & Found OTR, Wodka Bar and Longfellow. The strong sense of community and togetherness was palpable and truly inspiring.
If you are looking to support black-owned businesses, CityBeat has compiled a list highlighting some black-owned retailers and eateries in Cincinnati, including downtown businesses BlaCk Coffee Lounge and BlaCk OWned Outerwear, Maize OTR, Ollie’s Trolley, GO(O)D Co. Apparel, Sugar, Hutch Baby, Pata Roja Taqueria, Sweet Petit Desserts, Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, Revel OTR, and Copa Lounge.
After it shut down in late March due to coronavirus concerns, Cincy Red Bike has reopened, with staff dedicated to continuous cleaning and disinfecting of bikes and stations. This reopening includes the launch of its new Bike It Forward initiative, which provides free monthly Red Bike memberships to health care workers and first responders. The initiative will also provide free advertising on Red Bikes and station kiosks for restaurants and bars to help promote the businesses that have been affected by closures due to COVID-19. To read the full press release, click here.
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County is now offering drive-thru service and curbside pickup for books at various locations, including the downtown branch. The hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and closed on Sunday. For more information about additional services returning to the library, click here.
We are excited that the pool at Ziegler Park has reopened, and we have some new procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of all patrons. The pool will be open daily, and visitors must make a reservation at least one day in advance. Register online or visit our walk-up window during pool hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details on new rules and procedures, please click here.