Wyoming, Ohio, is a neighborhood approximately 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati. Although it was first inhabited in 1861, before the Civil War, it was established as an official village in 1874, and it began with only 600 residents. Wyoming has much historical connection to the settlers of the 19th century. The city covers 2.8 sq. miles and has approximately 8,500 residents. Wyoming is also a “Tree City USA” for its urban forestry program.
One of the most unique things about Wyoming is her historical homes, originating in the 1800s. The cool thing about this is that on same street you can find both giant historical homes as well as more contemporary homes. Families come from a range of incomes and all live within the 2.8 sq. miles and make up the unique hometown feel of Wyoming. Many of the historical homes are recognized in Wyoming’s Historic District.
According to cincy.com, “Wyoming has a strong focus on family, offering safe streets and a school system rated by the state as ‘Excellent with Distinction’. It is a peaceful and pleasant neighborhood in which to live or visit, and especially appealing to those who enjoy strolling among trees and historic scenery.” In the heart of Wyoming, Wyoming Avenue offers several small shops, restaurants and has a hometown feel where many people walk and bike around the community when the weather permits.
Wyoming is literally within 1 minute of Interstate 75. It is approximately 10-15 minutes from Kenwood and Tri-County malls, and only 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Neighboring communities include Glendale, Lockland and Sharonville.
SchoolDigger.com rated Wyoming City Schools 19 out of 709 school districts in Ohio. This is no small feat. Wyoming contains one high school, one middle school and three primary schools. Wyoming’s elementary schools include Elm, Hilltop and Vermont. The primary schools serve grades K-4. Wyoming has one middle school (serving grades 5-8) and one high school. Newsweek names the high school as “one of America’s BEST! …. for receiving a “gold ranking” by US. News & World Report as being one of the nation’s best – ranked 4th in Ohio and 143rd in the nation out of nearly 22,000 high school…for being ranked 1st in Ohio and 51st in the nation by Newsweek. This ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation which have proven to be the most effective in turning-out college-ready graduates.”
According to Wyomingcityschools.org, “Wyoming High School serves students in grades nine through twelve. A small, comprehensive school, the High School offers rigorous internationally and nationally recognized courses of study, advanced placement classes, special services, vocational education, plus a wide variety of extra-curricular activities designed to meet the needs and interests of each student. Emphasis is placed upon fostering the lifetime pursuit of learning and on promoting an awareness of the student’s own responsibilities to the community and to society at large. Wyoming High School is ranked as “Excellent” on the Ohio State Report Card.” SchoolDigger.com rates all of the schools in Wyoming with 5 stars. Approximately $10,763 is spent on education per pupil, and Wyoming “Wyoming City IS among the 20% of public districts with the highest academic performance index scores”, according to Ohio School Report Cards.
Wyoming also has St. James of the Valley , a parochial school serving grades K-8.
Parks and Recreation
Wyoming has 10 parks! We’ll hit the highlights here.
The newest park, opened in 2011, is the Wyoming Multi-purpose Synthetic Athletic Field. According to the City of Wyoming’s website, the “newest park addition is the Wyoming Multi-purpose Field located at our Wyoming Recreation Center, 9940 Springfield Pike. This synthetic athletic field was completed in February of 2011 and has been in full use since it’s opening. The field is lined for football, soccer, lacrosse (men’s and women’s) and baseball. It is a great asset to our community.”
Oak Park is one that is great for the kids! “Located on Oak Avenue, a block north of the Wyoming Municipal Building. Oak Park houses two lacrosse/soccer/ football fields, a walking path, and a basketball court. In 2002, new playground equipment was installed, including a rock climbing structure. Accessible restrooms are available.”
“Located at the corner of Springfield Pike and Linden Drive. Benches are located within the park for residents to enjoy the gardens planted and maintained by the Trowel and Error Garden Club. A fountain is also located at this park.”
The Wyoming Skate Park is one of a kind. According to the City of Wyoming’s site, the park is “located at Oak Park, the 7,000 sq. ft. skate park has two “bowls” (6′ & 8′), a 4′ nipple, a small “funbox”, a two layer ledge, a half pyramid, and rails (square & round). Helmets and pads are strongly recommended. The Skate Park closes at dusk.”
In addition to the parks, there are nature preserves all throughout Wyoming, as well as hiking and bike trails.
Wyoming Special Events
Wyoming has several traditions, but is still seeking new ways to connect the community. Some of the most special events in Wyoming include the following:
Fourth of July-
Every year, the community chooses a new theme for this special holiday that celebrates our country’s freedom. There is a parade in the morning and a healthy competition between the neighborhoods to see which one implemented the year’s theme the most effectively. Later in the day, a block party connects and reconnects people in the community, and as the evening moves on, there is live music and refreshments available before the fireworks display serves as the day’s finale.
In the cooler weather, it’s still nice to be outside in the city of Wyoming. What used to be a small event has grown by leaps and bounds throughout the years. In “late September or early October”, Wyoming Avenue is closed off and “many vendors line the streets of the Wyoming’s business district selling crafts, food, art and more.” Live music also plays throughout the day in the Village Green Park.
Another fall event that is just perfect for all those who love being outside getting your cardio, is the Fun Run/Walk 5K. This takes place the same Saturday as the Fall Festival, and all you have to do is register at the Recreation Center. You are guaranteed a t-shirt when you participate in this “Fun” activity.
Howl-O-Ween Hoopla- This is a night of fun for the whole family! Everyone gets to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it. The entire family spends time decorating the pumpkins and enjoying nice fall refreshments provided by the Recreation Center.
Howling Pooch Parade- “The Howling Pooch Parade is annual fundraiser benefiting the Wyoming Youth Services Bureau where residents dress their dogs in costume and take part in a parade. The parade begins at the Civic Center and continues down Springfield Pike.”
Holiday Open House-
In conjunction with the Wyoming Junior Woman’s Club Light Up Wyoming, the City of Wyoming hosts a Holiday Open House for all Wyoming residents. Traditionally this event is held on the second Sunday in December and offers horse drawn carriage rides, gingerbread house decorating, live music from Wyoming Middle School and High School students, and refreshments. For more information, call 513.821.5423 or email.
The Aquatic Center is located at the Recreation Center. It contains a heated, 8-lane pool as well as a “play and spray area” for kids. The Seadragon café is located at the Aquatic Center too. The center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Residents can purchase a single or a family membership.
Wyoming houses 8 lit-up tennis courts that operate on a first-come, first-served basis for members.
The Recreation Center contains a full gymnasium, cardio machines, lockers and showers as well as meeting rooms and a childcare facility. In addition, there are soccer and Lacrosse fields on the grounds.
The civic center of Wyoming is a terrific destination where people conveniently meet for all types of things including birthday and bowling parties, Woman’s Club, and Family Reunions. A full service kitchen is available at the center.
Things That Make Wyoming Special
Gabby’s Cafe is a quaint café located in the heart of Wyoming on Wyoming Avenue. According to cincy.com, “Gabby’s café specializes in American cuisine with an Italian twist, featuring everything from quesadillas and loaded potato skins to stuffed salmon and pasta.”
Half-Day Café is another great eatery, but you need to get there early, because it’s literally only open half a day.
The Wyoming Pastry Shop was established in 1934. Currently owned “Master Baker”, Phillip Reschke and his wife, Kimberly, the pastry shop desires to meet all your sweet-tooth needs. The shop serves great coffee, pastries, cookies and fine breads.
You can get your fresh produce during the growing season at the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays, and all of your meat can be purchased at the Wyoming Meat Market, located on Wyoming Avenue. Wyoming is packed full of family owned stores for all of your local needs. More mainline shopping can be located in plenty at nearby Tri-County Mall.
Wyoming Art Show
According to cincy.com, “Wyoming is famous for its annual Wyoming Art Show, held on the third Sunday in May, which hosts more than 150 artists, a food court, a children’s art activities and art competition.”
Generations Together is by far one of the neatest things about Wyoming. Wyoming’s high school students are paired with a senior citizen in the community, and this partnership is something that is unique in Wyoming. During the school year, students spend 1-2 hours each week assisting the generations before them with household projects and chores, yard work and technology needs. Seniors citizens share stories from times past, tell about their lives as young people and remain involved in the community by bridging the generation gap and building lasting friendships.