Piatt Park

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Coordinates: 39°06′15.00″N 84°30′58.55″W / 39.1041667°N 84.5162639°W / 39.1041667; -84.5162639

Piatt Park

Piatt Park (est. 1817), is the oldest park in Cincinnati, Ohio. The urban park stretches two blocks between Elm Street and Vine Street on Garfield Place/8th Street. The park is owned and maintained by the Cincinnati Park Board.


In 1817 John M. Piatt, a steamboat builder,[1] and his brother, Benjamin M. Piatt, a Federal Circuit Judge and father of Civil War general Abram S. Piatt, gave 1 acre (0.40 ha) to the city on the condition it be used "for a market space".[2][3] Its close proximity to the Sixth Street Market probably prevented the carrying out of the original wishes of the donors, and on June 19, 1868, the land along Eighth Street was formally dedicated to park uses.[4][5]

Bronze statues of US Presidents from Ohio stand on either end of the park, with a sculpture of James A. Garfield facing Vine and one of William Henry Harrison facing the Covenant First Presbyterian Church across Elm. The Garfield statue, by Charles Henry Niehaus, was commissioned in 1883 and unveiled in 1887.[6] Due to the presence of the statue of Garfield, the city park was known for a time as Garfield Park, officially receiving its designation as Piatt Park by the Board of Park Commissioners in 1940.[2] The Harrison statue is notable for being the only equestrian monument in Cincinnati.[7]


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  1. ^ Rolfes, Steven (Oct 29, 2012). Cincinnati Landmarks. Arcadia Publishing. p. 25. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b Older, archived website of the Cincinnati Parks Board
  3. ^ Stradling, David (Oct 1, 2003). Cincinnati: From River City to Highway Metropolis. Arcadia Publishing. p. 36. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  4. ^ Industrial Bureau of Cincinnati (1909). The Cincinnati Industrial Magazine, Volumes 1-2. p. 79. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  5. ^ Nancy A. Recchie & Jeffrey T. Darbee (Oct 6, 2010). Cincinnati Parks and Parkways. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kent; et al. (Jul 18, 2011). Historic Downtown Cincinnati. Arcadia Publishing. p. 48. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  7. ^ Another Cincinnati Parks Board Website