Evendale accepts WeTHRIVE! recognition at event on December 1, 2016.
The Village of Evendale (pop. 2,767) is located in the north central part of Hamilton County, approximately 16 miles north of downtown Cincinnati.
How Evendale THRIVES!:
- A WeTHRIVE! Community: The village became engaged in the WeTHRIVE! initiative through participation in the Connecting Active Communities Coalition (CACC) in 2013.
- A Committed Village Council: In October 2013, Village Council adopted the WeTHRIVE! Wellness Resolution. Wellness Team members attended the WeTHRIVE! Ambassador Training. In May 2014, Village Council adopted the WeTHRIVE! Overall Resolution, solidifying a commitment to achieve a healthy community.
- WeTHRIVE! Team Members:
Isabella Asbrock, Michael Bluestein, Michele Gottschlich, Wayne Mosley, David Nichols, Ellen Perazzo, Bill Puthoff (council), Hannah Smith, and Mike Stroh.
- Spreading the Word: Go here to visit Evendale's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan!
- Building Safe Routes to School: A multi-disciplinary team that involved key leaders from the Village of Evendale, City of Sharonville, Princeton City Schools, Village of Woodlawn, Hamilton County Public Health, and Hamilton County Planning and Development, met over many months to create a School Travel Plan (STP) for Evendale Elementary. The STP is a written document that outlines a community’s intentions for enabling students to engage in active transportation (i.e. walking or bicycling) as they travel to and from school. Parents, key stakeholders, and community members were engaged to identify barriers to active transportation and using the 6 E’s — Engineering strategies; Education programs; Enforcement strategies, Encouragement activities, Evaluation strategies, and Equity strategies— to address them. An STP must be developed and approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) before applying for Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure funding. Due to the majority of students who attend Evendale Elementary residing in the City of Sharonville, the Sharonville Council passed two resolutions to move forward with the initiative. Using the approved STP, a Safe Routes to School Infrastructure grant was submitted to ODOT in March by the City of Sharonville requesting funding to make improvements along the transportation routes leading to Evendale Elementary. If awarded, Evendale Elementary and the City of Sharonville will make improvements to crosswalks, curbs will become compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, striping and signage will be improved, and bike racks will be added at Evendale Elementary to improve safety and encourage children to walk or bike to school.
- Healthy Options, Informed Choices: At the start of the swim season, Village of Evendale pool patrons began noticing the growing number of healthier food options at the concession stand. Concession offerings were changed after speaking with many resident pool patrons during the off-season, who shared what items they would like to have available for themselves and their children. Simultaneously, Village of Evendale Recreation Department staff researched healthier product offerings of past and current vendors and attended product taste testing. The Village of Evendale uses the money generated at the pool concession stand as a fundraiser. In lieu of taste testing, recreation staff is reaching out to patrons to promote new product offerings and get immediate feedback. Initial data indicates that all of the early changes are resulting in favorable sales. Sales data will continue to be tracked, and a survey will be administered at the end of the season to get feedback and new ideas.
- Honoring Teacher with Physical Activity: Evendale Elementary hosted its first "Tucker Tough Halloween Walk" on October 27, 2016 in honor of former physical education teacher--Mr. Tucker--who passed away in 2015. the students dressed up in costumes and had a supervised walk through the school campus to promote physical activity and pedestrian safety. Each student was asked to bring a canned good or $0.50 for the American Cancer Society; they successfully raised $536!
Check back for updates about Evendale's WeTHRIVE! efforts!