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?
Have you seen the cool art in Covington, Kentucky? If you are near Sixth Street and Madison Avenue, you cannot miss it as it is 100-feet wide and 60-feet tall. The mural is name “Around the Corner” and was created by artists called FAILE.
Painted onto two buildings adjacent to each other and across the street, it was created in a two-week period last October. See more images of this mural here.
FAILE is a very popular group of street artists (based out of Brooklyn, New York) who have painted murals in Los Angeles, New York City, Amsterdam, London, Paris, and now Covington. Their signature work incorporates culture-driven icons and collages.
See other FAILE images here. Read more about the history of FAILE here.
Manhattan Harbour in Dayton, Kentucky is a new luxury, waterfront community along the Ohio River. Located on 141 acres with 1.6 picturesque miles, this development will offer homeowners the convenience of city living in a “suburban” experience.
Manhattan Harbour will have 41 luxury home sites that offer views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline. The community will also feature walking and biking trails and 29 acres of green space.
The Yacht Club in Manhattan Harbour will be a full-service marina and yacht brokerage with 40 in-water boat slips, dry storage, valet service, restaurants as well as gas service and maintenance.
The location is less than two miles from downtown Cincinnati and is convenient to major highways, hospitals and the airport.
Buyers can pick from a preferred custom builder list or use their own builder.
Manhattan Harbour is the site of the Northern Kentucky 2015 Homefest which is slated for September 19 – October 4, 2015.
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.
Villa Hills, Kentucky was ranked as the #1 area suburb by Cincy Magazine in their June/July 2014 issue.
Why Villa Hills?
This city has easy access to downtown Cincinnati as well as the airport. Cincy Magazine reports that home appreciation from 2008-2013 was strong and that 9 out 10 homes are occupied by their owners.
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.