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Eden Park, Cincinnati

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Eden Park is an urban park located in the Walnut Hills and Mt. Adams neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio. The hilltop park occupies 186acre, and offers numerous overlooks of the Ohio River valley.HistoryThe park's acreage was purchased by the city in 1869 from Nicholas Longworth, a prominent Cincinnati landowner and horticulturist, who had previously used it as a vineyard. Longworth called his scenic estate the "Garden of Eden," after the biblical Garden of Eden, and the name was partially retained for the park. The park area was originally designed by noted landscape architect Adolph Strauch, who also was responsible for Spring Grove Cemetery.The city constructed a, 96 million gallon reservoir between 1866 and 1878. The Eden Park Station No. 7 pumped water from the Ohio River into the reservoir and then into the Eden Park Stand Pipe. The reservoir was removed in the early 1960s and the site redeveloped into the Mirror Lake reflecting pool and baseball fields. The former reservoir's dam, Eden Park Station No. 7, and Eden Park Stand Pipe still stand as historical remnants.Architecture and institutionsEden Park holds a number of city landmarks and landscape features. The Elsinore Arch, built in 1883, serves as a natural entrance to the park.
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To take advantage of the best cultural attractions available in Cincinnati, stay at a hotel downtown. Though pricey, centrally located hotels offer spacious rooms packed with high-tech features, as well as quick and easy access to the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you're traveling on a budget and prefer to sleep in a quieter area, explore more affordable hotels in Covington, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati's downtown.
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  • This park is gorgeous. Very well maintained and they have a nice restroom facility. They only complaint is if you sit on the benches at the overlook the trees obstruct the view. But overall a great pl...  more »
  • We decided to have a picnic lunch in the park. We drove around and found a perfect spot. Other people were also enjoying the scenery while having a meal. We walked along curvy path ways, around ponds ...  more »
  • Always a thrill coming to this huge park . There is a lot going on now and thru the summer with the Butterfly Show and concerts in the park . We love the overlook by mirror lake , always a great photo...  more »
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  • So close to the city but still peaceful. Benches at the overlook is soothing watching the river roll on by. Picnic area at the twin ponds with the ducks is shaded. Whole park is beautifully landscaped. Of course the Krohn Conservatory and the Art Museum can easily take up a whole day.
  • I will always love this place. It's insanely beautiful. If you want a proper Ohio park experience go here. This is the best they have in cincy next to spring Grove cemetery
  • Expect to park on the street when busy. Not a bad place, but wasn't overly impressed. Some volunteers working there were more helpful than others. Not a bad place to kill a couple hours and see some neat plant life.
  • This is the most beautiful of all the city parks. It has fantastc overlooks of the city, as well as open areas to play and hang out. The cut stone architecture, reflecting pools, gardens, and artwork, has a little something for everyone. Whenever someone new to the city visits, one of the first places I take them is Eden park.
  • Wonderful park. Scenic view of the Ohio River and Kentucky "coast". There are several areas of the park to explore so take your time and use google maps/earth to scout out your visit. There are several nearby businesses such as the Art Museum that are a must do as well.