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Price Hill Day at Coney Island

Flo and Dave Sparks, PHHS & Museum volunteers, have organized all the details for pulling off a successful Price Hill Day at Coney for many years. In recent years, they have been helped by Joyce Meyer, one of our Board members, This is not a fundraiser for us: rather we continue the tradition as a service for the community.

Save the Date! July 12, 2017

This year our day at Coney Island is on the second Wednesday of July, instead of our traditional third Wednesday. Tickets can be purchased at Society headquarters on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, at Cincinnati Federal in Price Hill and in Bridgetown, and at Radel Funeral Home on Neeb Road during business hours. Tickets are $19 per person ages 5 and older, $7 for 2, 3, and 4 year olds, and free for kids under 2. Tickets include parking, swimming, and rides, There are no refunds.  Bring your own food and drinks. Our reserved shelter is "Lost River." Enter at West Gate 1 to exchange tickets for bracelets. Our special price tickets can only be purchased by cash at the three locations listed above. A ticket purchased at the gate costs $25,95 plus $9 parking. .

 

Many of our volunteers work hard to make sure Price Hill Day at Coney Island takes place each year in. July. Valda Moore takes track of the tickets, and Betty Wagner handles the money. We owe a special thanks to Cincinnati Federal Savings and Radel Funeral Home for selling tickets at their places of business for us. We also appreciate all the locations that display our signs and posters advertising our event. At one time, almost every neighborhood had an annual day at Coney Island. Price Hill is one of the few neighborhoods that has continued our tradition for over 100 years. Call 513-251-2888 with any questions.


How many neighborhood traditions have continued for nearly 100 years? Not too many, that’s for sure, but Price Hill Day at Coney Island dates back to the early 20th century. According to our archives, it hasn’t been a totally straight line from 1915, the first neighborhood Coney Island Day, to today.. Coney Island closed after Kings Island opened in 1972, and for a few years Price Hill Day was held at Kings Island.
 
But the sponsoring organization at the time, the Price Hill Civic Club, decided Kings Island was just too big for a neighborhood picnic. They moved the party to a smaller venue, Stricker’s Grove, in Ross, Ohio. The summer picnic was held there until the Price Hill Historical Society & Museum took over the arrangements in the mid-1990s.
By that time, Coney Island had reopened, and Price Hill Day moved back and has now been back where it began for nearly 20 years. The timing of Price Hill Day has never changed, however—it is always the third Wednesday in July, a tradition that dates back to the first half of the twentieth century, when many businesses closed on Wednesday afternoons.
 
In earlier years, many people in Price Hill took the streetcar downtown, then cruised to Coney Island from the city's Public Landing on the Island Queen steamboat. The Island Queen exploded at the end of the 1947 summer season, which was the last time that regular steamboat service was provided to Coney Island. Today most people travel by car (parking is included in the ticket price), but the long-time traditions of swimming, enjoying the rides and other attractions, and picnicking with friends and neighbors remain.