Field Renovation and Community Makeover


On Thursday, August 4, nearly 500 volunteers came together in the Village of Lincoln Heights for the 13th annual Reds Community Fund Community Makeover.

The Cincinnati Reds, P&G, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and G&E Aerospace teamed up to make the transformation possible at the six different locations around Lincoln Heights. The six project sites included Memorial Field, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Serenity Park & Municipal Building, St. Monica’s Center, Lincoln Heights Outreach, Inc., and Lincoln Heights Health Center.


The Village of Lincoln Heights – the first African American self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon line – is undergoing an amazing revitalization as this year’s selection for the Community Makeover in partnership with the Reds, P&G, the Zoo, Cincinnati Children’s and General Electric. On June 11, a large contingent of volunteers participated in a Cleanup Day to kick off the Makeover events that will take place this summer, showing the depth of support for the Lincoln Heights community. Highlights included a flower giveaway for Village residents, courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo; removal of the Village mural, the first step in the mural’s restoration; and additional cleanup efforts throughout the Village.

“This cleanup event, which was part of the 2022 Community Makeover, was absolutely great,” said Joyce Powdrill, village manager of Lincoln Heights. “The work that was done by the Cincinnati Zoo at our Municipal Building was especially amazing. Everyone agreed it has never looked so good. And the benefits of the event to the Village extend beyond beautification. This event was a great example of how Lincoln Heights views community engagement as being a lot more than meetings. This was engagement at its best. Thank you so much to all the partners.”

The Community Makeover will feature six project sites within the village including Memorial Field, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Serenity Park & Municipal Building, St. Monica’s Center, Lincoln Heights Outreach, Inc., and Lincoln Heights Health Center.

The effort will culminate on August 4 when more than 400 volunteers will join Lincoln Heights residents and community leaders for the day-long service project.



About the Community Makeover
The Reds Community Fund and P&G have partnered for the Community Makeover since 2010. Cincinnati Zoo and Cincinnati Children’s joined the partnership in 2013 for the first project in Avondale that included Gabriel’s Place, Hirsch Recreation Center and Hirsch ballfields. GE previously partnered in 2018 in Roselawn.


  • 2021: Avondale – Rockdale Academy, South Avondale Elementary School, Taft Boys & Girls Club, Rockdale Recreation Area, Avondale Recreation Area and Larona Park
  • 2020: Avondale – South Avondale Elementary School
  • 2019: St. Bernard – Ross Park, Frank Robinson Field and St. Bernard Community Room
  • 2018: Roselawn – New Prospect Baptist Church and the Summit Center
  • 2017: Evanston – Hoffman School, Hoffman Ballfields and Wayne Lurix Memorial Nature Playscape
  • 2016: Lower Price Hill – Evans Field and playground, Community Gardens and Joe Williams Family Center
  • 2015: West End – Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, Sands School playground and Dyer Ballfields
  • 2014: South Cumminsville – Wayne Ballfields and Millvale Recreation Center
  • 2013: Avondale – Gabriel’s Place, Hirsch Recreation Center and Hirsch ballfields
  • 2012: Cheviot – Memorial Fields, historic grandstand and Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse
  • 2011: North College Hill – High school field and community center plus youth field in Winton Place
  • 2010: Winton Place – Brandon Phillips Field and P&G Field