Hyde Park Neighborhood Profile
Looking from the outside in, Hyde Park is a picturesque community. Towering trees stand at attention among historic homes while families wave at their neighbors on evening walks. When taking a look from the inside, this charm is not dispelled, rather it is reinforced. Hyde Park boasts a vibrant food scene, excellent schools, a plethora of events, and a healthy lifestyle, all situated within a strong community.
Hyde Park was established in 1892 by a group of prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wished to create a neighborhood exclusively for the wealthy. They named this Cincinnati neighborhood after the upscale Hyde Park of New York, in hopes of replicating it.
Since its founding, the neighborhood has maintained its upscale homes and charming ambiance.
Hyde Park has a rich sense of community. From annual block parties to weekly family trips to the ice cream store, this neighborhood is connected. The most central gathering place is Hyde Park Square, a small park surrounded by a lively conglomeration of shops, restaurants, and events.
One of the most notable events is the Hyde Park Farmers Market. On every Sunday from May to October, Hyde Park Square is transformed into a vibrant farmers market. Local farmers, florists, and foodies gather to provide and enjoy everything from artisan cookies to fresh vegetables. The square is closed to all automobile traffic, and many locals seize this opportunity to gather as a community.
Aside from the farmer’s market, Hyde Park Square draws large neighborhood crowds out for the yearly Hyde Park Blast and Hyde Park Art Show. For those more athletically inclined, the Blast boasts a full day of runs, walks, and bike races, all for a good cause- the fight against cancer. For the more artistic type, the long-running Hyde Park Art Show features art from local students and artists.
With a wide range of events and attractions, Hyde Park Square serves as the hub of the community in this neighborhood.
Hyde Park offers a lot when it comes to dining. The neighborhood provides everything from upscale dining, to casual eateries, with nearly everything in between.
An old-timey, classic breakfast stop is the Echo, in Hyde Park Square. Established over 50 years ago, the Echo has perfected their hotcakes and omelets, both of which can be washed down with a warm cup of diner coffee. And, in true Cincinnati style, goetta makes appearances throughout the menu.
Not in short supply, character-ridden restaurants can be found all throughout Hyde Park. Carl’s Deli lies nestled among blocks of beautiful homes, Tellers is planted in the middle of Hyde Park Square, and Dutch’s thrives, sitting at the bottom of the winding Erie hill.
Fast food options also abound. Nearby Hyde Park Plaza and Rookwood Shopping Center are not only convenient for shopping needs but are also home to a variety of chain restaurants.
And, if none of these options are enticing, Hyde Park’s central location allows for just a quick drive to reach the culinary offerings of choice in Kenwood, Mt. Washington, and OTR.
Education is not taken lightly in Hyde Park. Some of the city’s best elementary schools are located here, and many residents place a high value in education as well. According to the American Planning Association, 95 percent of Hyde Park residents age 25 and older graduated high school, and nearly 70 percent possess a bachelor’s degree.
Hyde Park Elementary School, a Cincinnati Public School, serves neighborhood children from Kindergarten through grade 6. With a focus on enrichment programs and a wide range of gifted services, it offers more than the typical elementary school.
Nearby, St. Mary’s School provides a K-8 private, Catholic education. Awarded the National Blue Ribbon for Excellence three times, the school’s focus on the unique potential of each student is well recognized.
Another Cincinnati Public School that many Hyde Park residents attend is Kilgour Elementary School. Kilgour has also been awarded a National Blue Ribbon for Excellence twice. It also encourages students to seek academic excellence and offers a variety of gifted services as well as an Intervention Specialist Team.
After elementary school, most students go on to a variety of high schools such as Clark Monterssori and Withrow High School, also located in Hyde Park. Other nearby high schools include Walnut Hills High School, Saint Ursula Academy, and Saint Xavier High School.
Look down any block in Hyde Park, and you are more than likely to see at least three people, walking, running, or pushing a baby stroller. With quiet streets, rolling hills, and scenic homes and gardens, taking a stroll is throughout the neighborhood is a daily activity for many.
With a healthy lifestyle in mind, many top-notch healthcare facilities and health-minded activities are also located in Hyde Park.
Mercy Health’s Rookwood Medical Hospital Center is located along I-71 and provides both primary care and emergency services. Tri-Health’s Hyde Park Internal Medicine is located along Erie Avenue just a block from Hyde Park Square. For children’s medical needs, there are a couple of pediatricians in Hyde Park. Additionally, a number of dentists and orthodontists have offices within Hyde Park Square.
Along with walking, athletic pursuits are popular with many in Hyde Park. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, workout facilities like CycleBar, Crunch Fitness, and Shine Yoga are frequented by many.
Throughout this neighborhood, a healthy perspective on life shines through. From the nearby proximity to hospitals to the popularity of neighborhood jogs, there are a wide range of opportunities to focus on health in Hyde Park.
Although not downtown, Hyde Park is centrally located, allowing for easy access to other neighborhoods and the city. I-71 has several points of access within Hyde Park, connecting the neighborhood with the highway and the rest of the city. Columbia Parkway also offers a convenient way to get downtown.
Metro buses run several routes through the neighborhood, as well, connecting Hyde Park with surrounding neighborhoods.
Hyde Park is bordered by Oakley, Mt. Lookout, O’Bryonville, and Columbia Tusclum, and is no more than a short car ride from both the suburbs and downtown.
With its charming community feel, excellent schools, and central location, Hyde Park is an enticing neighborhood. Beautiful homes and quiet streets attract many families, but all are welcomed in Hyde Park.
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