CROWN Trail inspires ArtWorks mural at Great American Ball Park

ArtWorks has begun work on a new mural at Great American Ball Park, in partnership with the CROWN (Cincinnati Riding or Walking Network) and the Cincinnati Reds.

Located on the corner of Joe Nuxhall Way and Mehring Way, the mural spans 165 feet of wall between the Reds Hall of Fame and Smale Riverfront Park.

The mural was designed by local artist LD Nehls to inspire excitement, curiosity, and discovery of Cincinnati’s gems along the CROWN, to encourage the community to learn more about Cincinnati, and to celebrate the how the CROWN Trail and the Reds connect people and communities.

“I love Cincinnati and I love both walkable and bikeable trails, so I couldn’t have been more excited to work on a project that celebrates them both,” said Nehls.

Preliminary work on the mural began in August with a team of young apprentices. The expected completion date is the end of September with a public inauguration planned for the beginning of October.

“The Reds are thrilled that the CROWN connects this beautiful stretch along the Ohio River, home to the Great American Ball Park, with other trails across Cincinnati,” said Phil Castellini, president and chief operating officer. of the Reds. “Using the exterior walls of the ballpark as a canvas for Artwork is the perfect way to showcase the CROWN’s vision of bringing people together, just as Reds baseball has done for over 150 years.”

Funding for the mural project includes a $30,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation and $25,000 from the Cincinnati Youth to Work program which allows ArtWorks to employ local youth ages 14-21 to help create the mural.

“We believe art is important to an active, safe and thriving trail system, so we are delighted to be producing public art in partnership with the CROWN for a second year,” said Sydney Fine, Senior Director of ‘Impact for ArtWorks. “Beyond the benefits for trail users, the young apprentices who create the mural, who work under the mentorship of professional artists, cultivate their civic and urban pride. Not only because of the content of the mural, a celebration of Cincinnati’s gems, but also because of their investment in work that benefits the community as a whole.

“Duke Energy is proud to support the CROWN Urban Trail Loop with another mural project, this time along the Ohio River Trail,” said Amy Spiller, President of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “This iconic artwork energizes the trail making it a more colorful and vibrant experience for everyone.”

Duke Energy also funded the Electric Avenue mural at the back of their Dana Avenue facility along Wasson Way, which is the longest mural in the area.

“When we talk about the CROWN, people’s eyes light up and we can almost see their wheels turning as they think of fun and meaningful ways to activate the trail,” said Jan Portman, chairman of the cabinet of the CROWN campaign. “This wonderful partnership with ArtWorks and the Reds is a perfect example of creativity inspired by a safe place to walk, run and ride. The trail is built through the generosity of our community, and it’s with the creativity of our community. that the trail will transform into a ribbon of energy connecting people and places in our region.

The CROWN Capital campaign has raised $10 million in private funds that will leverage federal and state grants for trail construction through a public-private partnership with the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Great Parks and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. Kroger Health, United Dairy Farmers, P&G, and the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation each contributed $1 million to the campaign.

“It is thanks to the incredible generosity of our community that the CROWN trail system is coming to life, both with more trail miles and new public art improvements,” said Wade Johnston, Director of Tri- State Trails and campaign manager for the CROWN Capital campaign. . “This magnificent mural – at mile zero of the Ohio River Trail and the 326-mile Ohio Trail in Erie – will remind residents and visitors of all the iconic gems the CROWN will connect when complete.”

Wall Team
Project manager: Zhaira Costiniano
Designer: LD Nehls
Lead Teaching Artist: Brandon Hawkins
Teaching Artist: Sophie Shiff
Young apprentices: Jeff Samual, Rashad Manuel, Greg Beridon, Piper Vice, Phoenix Brumm, Kee kee Stokes, Eve Miller, Aaliayah Ruff, Grace Pearson, Pekko Meyers.

About ArtWorks: ArtWorks is an award-winning Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization collaborates with community and resident organizations, businesses, governments, foundations and nonprofits to create creative works of art that enhance the region’s global reputation as an arts destination. ArtWorks employs professional artists who inspire and mentor diverse teams of young people ages 14-21, helping them develop 21st century career-readiness skills. These teams completed more than 14,000 public and private art projects over its 26 years, including more than 200 permanent exterior murals. Learn more about artworkscincinnati.org.

About The CROWN: The CROWN is run by a non-profit partnership made up of Tri-State Trails, Wasson Way, and Ohio River Way. The project will leverage $44 million in public funding in addition to $10 million in private donations to realize the vision of Cincinnati’s first-ever urban trail loop by connecting several key regional trails that are currently not contiguous – Ohio River Trail , Little Miami Scenic Trail, Wasson Way and Murray Path. By building key connectors between these trails, the CROWN Capital Campaign will complete the 24-mile eastern portion of the planned CROWN Loop. Learn more about coronacincinnati.org.