Standing on the corner of Ridge and Section Roads this morning with Amberley Village Councilman Tom Muething, and Steve and Wes from Amberley's Public Works Department, going over logistics for Friday's WeTHRIVE! event, I couldn't help but grin. We were planning for an event that will be one of the culminating pieces of the improvements we've made to the Village with the WeTHRIVE! Community Wellness Mini-Grant. The project we were discussing is unique in that it involves a sharing of assets between the Cincinnati Park Board and Amberley.
If you drive on Ridge Road, you’ll see a WeTHRIVE! sign placed about 100 feet north of Section Road. This marks the site of our latest project: a new trail in French Park that is accessible to walkers and runners who currently use the Village Hall walking path. A sign on the west side of Ridge Road at the ball fields will direct users to continue their walk or run on the new French Park trail. What's particularly exciting is that in order to reach the connecting piece of trail located within French Park proper, users must cross a yet-to-be-constructed bridge.
Which brings me to this morning's meeting... The bridge itself will be constructed by a group of young Israeli Scouts and a group of inner-city teens from The Mayor's Summer Greanleaf Program. On Friday, June 22, the teens will not only be literally building a bridge, but will also be, figuratively speaking, bridging the culture gap and forming connections with kids their age from different countries and backgrounds.
The actual bridge building will take place this Friday at 8:00am. There will be a dedication and laying of the final plank, as well as a tree dedication and a Proclamation from the Mayor, this Friday at noon. All residents are invited and encouraged to attend.
In the wake of budget cuts, belt-tightening, and a police levy, I could only smile and say, "This is the fun stuff!"
Amberley Village Vice Mayor Natalie Wolf leads the Village's WeTHRIVE! Community Wellness Mini-Grant team.