Parking-Lot Parks and Perks in Covington, Kentucky

There are five brand new parks in Covington, Kentucky. Where do you fit FIVE new parks? Well, in parking spaces, of course. The five new parklets are the result of the Curb’d design competition that began in November 2015. Winning designs were selected that December and the finished parklets revealed earlier this summer.

So where did this parklet idea come from? According to the Curb’d website:

“Many credit the group Rebar in San Francisco as the first to explore parklet construction back in 2010.Since then, many cities worldwide have followed suit as pedestrians and business-owners begin to reinvent what the sidewalk and curbside means to them. Many of the goals established by those early pioneers, such as promoting connectivity and community interaction, exist today in projects like Curb’d.”

As if mini-parks scattered throughout one of Greater Cincinnati’s coolest neighborhoods isn’t reason enough to walk around and visit each one, there is also an incentive program that encourages you to check it out. Visit all five and receive a discount at participating businesses.

Curb’d is a project supported by the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, Renaissance Covington, and the MainStrasse Village Association.


Hopscotch Garden – 27 W. 7th Street – Braxton Brewing Company
Tue-Wed: 8a-10p; Thur: 8a-12a; Fri: 8a-1a; Sat: 12p-1a; Sun: 12p-8p
Mountain/Tunnel/Xylophone – 323 W. 6th Street – Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe
Wed: 12p-6p; Thur-Fri: 12p-7p; Sat: 12p-5p
Ride – 715 Madison Avenue – Inspirado
Mon-Fri: 11:30a-2p; Mon-Thur: 5p-9:30p; Fri-Sat: 5p-10:30p
The Boxing Ring – 5 W. Pike Street – Cutman Barbershop
Tue-Sat: 10a-7p
Wish-Igloo – 701 Greenup Street – Left Bank Coffeehouse
Mon-Fri: 7a-2p; Sat-Sun: 9a-1p

Grazing Goebel Goats


Some people say goats will eat anything. While that may not be exactly true, they are well equipped to consume a wide variety of roughage. Their propensity to munch on a plethora of plants has led to a growth in goat grazing as a solution for overgrown brush and wooded areas. The city of Covington has “hired” a herd of goats to tame some of the overgrown wooded areas in Goebel Park.

A recent article in Northern Kentucky Magazine, “Got Your Goat”,  details the process of putting the goats to work inside city limits. A $5,000 grant is paying for the goats. City officials will monitor the progress of the goats at Goebel, and determine if goats are a cost effective solution for other areas of the city.

The goats themselves, corralled by an electric fence, have become a bit of an attraction as well. While the goats are not there for entertainment purposes (they are “on the clock” after  all), I’m sure it’s an interesting sight for park visitors and local residents.

So what do you think? Should goats be considered in other cities as natural solutions to weeds and overgrowth in parks and public spaces?

The Good People Festival on October 12 at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington, Kentucky

The Good People Festival is scheduled for October 12 from 12pm-6pm at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington, Kentucky.

This first-time event will feature music, food, art and many activities for children. More than 20 vendors will be available with food and drinks.

The public is invited to add what they are grateful for onto a gratitude wall.

Improvements to Be Made at Goebel Park in Mainstrasse in Covington, Kentucky

Goebel Park
in Mainstrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky has a list of improvements in the works:

  • Trail will be created to connect the park to the new riverfront and bike trails in Latonia, Kentucky
  • Play structures (that will also be interactive art pieces) will be designed
  • German folk art pieces will be added in Fall 2014
  • Large checkerboard will be painted on a floor to be used for large checker or chess games

The park is located between Fifth and Ninth streets. It has a public pool open to residents with passes. Picnic shelters, a gazebo, playground and grill are also available. The current walking trail connects the park to Kenny Shields Park.

Interested in learning what is happening with Goebel Park? Like this “Make Goebel Great” Facebook page here.



Covington, Kentucky Celebrates 200 Years in February 2015

Covington, Kentucky will be celebrating its bicentennial in 2015 and plans are in the works to make the occasion very memorable:

  • November 2014: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015 published
  • February 7 and 8, 2015: Covington is having a birthday party at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center
  • June 2015: City-wide block party is being planned

Follow the COV200 web site for all of the bicentennial activities and news. You can also like COV200 on Facebook here.

Look for a QR code tour soon to Covington with text, maps and mini documentaries.

Watch this video about Covington and its bicentennial:


Covington, Kentucky is One of the Most Affordable U.S. Cities

, Kentucky has ranked as one of the most affordable U.S. cities (#8) per NerdWallet via the Council for Community and Economic Research.

Covington ranked below the national average for groceries, housing, utilities, transportation as well as some miscellaneous goods and services.

What U.S. city is most affordable? Harlingen, Texas

See the ranking here.


The Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Covington, Kentucky Has Designed Ornaments for the National Christmas Tree Display


The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center located in Covington, Kentucky was selected to design and create ornaments for Kentucky’s tree for the National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington D.C.

Students ages 6 to 12 from Baker Hunt along with some local artists created 24 ornaments. Read more about this project here.

  • Follow the BakerHunt ARt & Cultural Center here.
  • See the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting video here.

The Licking Riverside Neighborhood in Covington, Kentucky is Named one of the Great Places in America


The Licking Riverside neighborhood located in Covington, Kentucky has been named one of the Great Places/Neighborhoods in America for 2013 by the American Planning Association. See the list of great places here.

What did the APA like? Original mansions showcasing all kinds of American architecture styles from 1815 to 1920. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places and features home designs including Bungalow, Second Empire and Italianate.

A famous home found in this neighborhood is the Grant House, which was owned by the parents of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. During the Civil War, Grant sent his family to live at that home. See a video about this home here.

Look at Covington, Kentucky homes here.

Original Goettafest – June 14-16, 2013 in MainStrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky


Put your German caps on, because the Original Goettafest is scheduled for June 14-16, 2013 in the MainStrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky.

What does one do at a goetta festival? You sample goetta, of course!

Goetta is a German-originated breakfast item that is pretty much is a Cincinnati-area staple. Per Wikipedia, 99% of the one million pounds of goetta made each year is consumed in the greater Cincinnati area.

Getting back the festival…
Goetta will be available as a pizza topping, balls, jambalya, cheese, chili, burgers and more.

Besides some good eating, you will also enjoy entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids as well as the shopping opportunities from the quaint MainStrasse shops.

See the schedule of events for Goettafest here.

World’s Longest Yard Sale – August 1- 4, 2013 – 127 Corridor

Yard Sale sign

It’s a 690-mile stretch of road with all kinds a of treasures to hunt for while you meander along the World’s Largest Yard Sale from August 1-4, 2013 along the 127 Highway Corridor.

The yard extends from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama and includes  Mainstrasse Village in Covington, Kentucky.

What are you going to find? Everything!