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Piatt Park

Coordinates: 39°06′15.00″N 84°30′58.55″W / 39.1041667°N 84.5162639°W / 39.1041667; -84.5162639


Piatt Park (est. 1817), is the oldest park in Cincinnati, Ohio. The urban park stretches two blocks between Elm Street and Vine Street on Garfield Place/8th Street. The park is owned and maintained by the Cincinnati Park Board.

History

In 1817 John M. Piatt, and his brother, Benjamin M. Piatt, a Federal Circuit Judge and father of Civil War general Abram S. Piatt, gave 1 acre (0.40 ha) to the city on the condition it be used "for a market space".[1][2] Its close proximity to the Sixth Street Market probably prevented the carrying out of the original wishes of the donors, and on June 19, 1868, the land along Eighth Street was formally dedicated to park uses.[3][4]

Bronze statues of US Presidents from Ohio stand on either end of the park, with a sculpture of James A. Garfield facing Vine and one of William Henry Harrison facing the Covenant First Presbyterian Church across Elm. The Garfield statue, by Charles Henry Niehaus, was commissioned in 1883 and unveiled in 1887.[5] Due to the presence of the statue of Garfield, the city park was known for a time as Garfield Park, officially receiving its designation as Piatt Park by the Board of Park Commissioners in 1940.[1] The Harrison statue is notable for being the only equestrian monument in Cincinnati.[6]

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See also

  • Lytle Park

References


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