Mariemont was incorporated in 1941 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007. It was also named at Top 10 “Great Neighborhood in America” by The American Planning Association. The town consists of about 3,000 residents and is about a 15 minute drive (10 miles Northeast) from downtown Cincinnati. Beautiful, mature trees line many of the streets in the village of Mariemont. In fact, it has been recognized as a Tree City USA Community.
One of the not-so-visible features of the community is the political structure. According to the village’s website: Mariemont is distinguished from similar communities by a unique electoral process called Town Meeting. Town Meeting is a unique nonpartisan system through which nominations for Village offices are made. To be a part of Town Meeting, you need only be a resident of voting age. Complete with the colorful and historically dressed Town Crier, Mariemont Town Meeting has meetings whenever appropriate, including a “state of the Village” meeting annually. The Village offices include Mayor, Treasurer, Clerk, and six Council persons – one representative from each District of the Village. Though candidates have run independently of Mariemont Town Meeting, overall this system has proved well-suited to the needs of our Village.
The Village of Mariemont consists of four schools. There are less than 2,000 students in the entire school system. The 4 Mariemont Schools are:
There is also full-day and half-day preschool available in Mariemont. Click here to view more information about the preschool. Beyond that, a great community group called Mariemont Preschool Parents Group keeps parents and kids connected socially and serves as a forum for parents to support each other. The Mariemont School District was given a 5 star rating from School Digger. You can also view the most recent state of Ohio Report Card on Mariemont schools here. The school also releases a quality profile, which shows as of 2012 that the average ACT score of Mariemont’s high school students is 26.1, compared to a state average of 21.8.
Other Highlights of Mariemont’s Quality Profile:
- 62% of Mariemont Junior High students took classes for high school credit.
- 100% of classrooms are equipped with Epson or Smart board technology.
- 86.6% of teachers have at least a Master’s Degree.
- 81.5% of high school students participate in extra curricular activities.
- $4M in merit based scholarships awarded to Mariemont’s seniors
Mariemont Parks and Recreation
Mariemont’s village has about 50 acres of park space. Dogwood Park is situated near the heart of town with a great play space for small children, 3 baseball fields and the Bell Tower. The great central location for Dogwood Park and the other recreational opportunities is one reason that Mariemont is considered “very walkable” by WalkScore.com. Dogwood Park has all the traits of a great neighborhood park that families can enjoy.
Just outside of Mariemont is one of the more impressive dog parks in the area. Wags Park has a diving board, swimming area, a play set with bridges and ramps and much more for dog lovers. Certainly this is a great nearby amenity for Mariemont residents. Check it out here.
Youth sports are available in volleyball, soccer, baseball, basketball, track, and softball. Visit the Mariemont Sports Page to register online and learn more about the fees and details concerning your sport of choice.
Mariemont Clubs and Organizations
For a relatively small community, Mariemont is has plenty of opportunities to get involved.
The Mariemont Kiwanis are dedicated to the youth of Mariemont. They provide scholarships to Mariemont graduates, sponsor the Key Club and mentor students, among other things.
The MariElders is a senior citizens group right near the square which gives the opportunity to participate in field trips, social gatherings, lunches, and other events to satisfy a variety of interests. They keep a pretty packed agenda. Learn more here.
Mariemont Garden Club
As the name would suggest, if you love gardening then this is the group for you. Established in 1941, this is the longest continuously running organization in the village of Mariemont. They serve a role in helping the upkeep of plants around the area and generally helping Mariemont look more beautiful. If you would like more information call Judy Kagrise (“Kagg-rice”), membership chairman, at 561-6141 or email [email protected]
Mariemont Civic Association and Preservation Society
Although separate organizations, these are two groups generally concerned with preserving Mariemont’s history and making it last far into the future. The Civic Association volunteers across the community, providing food to families in need, making donations for things like fireworks, gardening, and other worthy projects. More information can be found here.
The Mariemont Preservation Society is dedicated to honoring the rich history of the area, and those with similar interests in maintaining the historic integrity of the neighborhood should take a look at volunteering.
Mariemont Swim Club
Mariemont does have a private swim club available. It is open from around May – Labor Day and the cost for a family is around $300 for the season. For those with a more serious interest in swimming, the Mariemont Aquatic Club is a competitive, year-round club that has been in existence since 1971.
Places That Make Mariemont Special
Mariemont’s town square looks like something out of a movie, and the small movie theater in the heart of it all is a huge part of that. The old school marquee, with only 3 screens in the theater. You’ll get a selection of main stream films and regional/cult films, which keep things interesting. Residents of Mariemont enjoy having a little theater around the corner that feels like you are stepping back in time.
Right down the street from Mariemont Theater is a wine lovers paradise, Dilly Cafe. This place has been a fixture in Mariemont since the 80’s, and was formerly known as the Dilly Deli. It has evolved into a place where you can sit down over lunch or dinner with your favorite wine or craft beer. Definitely a cool location in the heart of Mariemont.
If you have an affinity for live theater, you’ll need to check out one of the oldest community theaters in town, the Mariemont Players. They perform season after season in an old renovated school house, just off of Wooster. It certainly makes for a great date or just an entertaining night out, so check out their upcoming productions.
The Wardrobe in Mariemont isn’t your typical clothing store. It’s run by a passionate owner, Lesley Hern who stays up with the fashion world and is committed to bringing items into the store that her customers will love. The Wardrobe is all about making your shopping experience personal, and they are sure you’ll notice the difference right away.