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Community Life

Hartwell is a small, diverse, and convenient neighborhood within the City of Cincinnati. We have easy access to several parks and recreation centers, excellent schools, and wonderful residents. Learn more about our neighborhood through the “Community Life” page and topics. Or, you can contact our Hartwell Improvement Association Boardmembers directly through the “Contact” page.

Education and Learning

Hartwell and the surrounding area boast excellent schools and branch libraries! Learn more about how our schools and libraries can support your family here!

Hartwell School (K-8)   8320 Vine St.   363-2300

This newly renovated school was just rated “Excellent with Distinction,” the highest rating available in the state of Ohio.

Public Libraries of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Hartwell residents have access to resources from all 30+ branches of the Cincinnati Public Library, three of which are located in nearby Wyoming, Elmwood Place, and Reading. Students can access hundreds of journals and texts online, while parents can check out audio books and videos with the click of a mouse.


Recreation and Entertainment

The Hartwell area offers a family-friendly neighborhood with a convenient drive to events and dining in both West Chester and Downtown Cincinnati.  You can learn more about neighborhood restaurants in our Business Directory, but we have plenty of homegrown recreation and community activities as well. Learn more below.

Caldwell Nature Center and Sprayground

The Caldwell Nature Center includes more than 3.5 miles of trails, unique wildlife, and a small amphitheater. Just down the street you can find the “sprayground,” an outdoor playspace with water fountains and sprinklers for children. 

Caldwell Nature Center, 430 W. North Bend Rd. & Caldwell Sprayground (open May – early Sept.), 316 W. North Bend Rd.

Centennial Barn

A great community space providing adult education on personal and spiritual growth, music performances, art exhibitions, community events and large event or conference hosting.

The Hamilton County Fairground

Home to the Hamilton County fair, a 150-year old tradition.

Hartwell Recreation Center Complex

With a community pool, fitness classes, and community group meetings, the Hartwell Recreation Center is a great place to get fit and get involved.

Hartwell Golf Club

The Hartwell Golf Club offers a newly renovated Pro-Shop, unlimited golf for members, and free golfing for children under 10. 

Golf Club, 59 Caldwell Dr.

Hartwell Playgrounds and Parks

In addition to the several city parks in the area, there are small local playgrounds all throughout our neighborhood. 

Hartwell Elementary School Playground, 8320 Vine St.

Hartwell Recreation Area (locally known as “Turtle Park”), corner of Ferndale and Burns Avenues.

Community Services

City of Cincinnati home page: 

This is a great starting point for learning about the city’s rich history, new initiatives, and thriving downtown.

City Council of Cincinnati

This site provides council members’ websites and contact information.

City of Cincinnati Online and Phone Service Request:

You can use this link to request service on potholes, litter, waste, or any other concerns you may have with community aesthetics.

Trash pick-up and recycling Line: 1-800-582-3107

City Customer Service Hotline (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.): 513-591-6000

Property Maintenance and Code Enforcement:

This site is a great place to report or request information on city building codes.

Utilities/Public Services

If you need help with any basic utilities, try contacting the companies below.

Cincinnati Bell: 565-2210

Duke Energy: 1-800-544-6900

Cincinnati Water Works: 513-591-7700

Metropolitan Sewer District: 513-352-4900

Metro bus # 78

This convenient route covers vine street from “Tricounty” to Vine and Sixth street.

Faith Community

The Hartwell area is home to several historic places of worship, all of which play an integral role in the community today.

Cincinnati Primitive Baptist Church, 128 Parkway Ave.  821-7289

First Baptist Church of Hartwell, 8405 Dixie Ave  821-2296

Hartwell Baptist Church, 8222 Monon Ave  761-1434

Hartwell Presbyterian Church,  210 Parkway Ave.  761-2136

Hartwell United Methodist Church,  140 Parkway Ave.  761-4990

Korean Presbyterian Church, 210 Parkway Ave.  821-7949

Trinity Baptist Church,  8402 Burns Ave.  821-6443

Unity Christian Church, 8359 Burns Avenue   821-8762

Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 334 Burns Ave. 821-5341

The Valley Temple, 145 Springfield Pike  761-3555


Community Safety

Hartwell offers the benefits of the city, with some of the lowest crime rates in the area. We take pride in our sense of community and our community’s safety.

Police Contact Information

Emergency Line: 911

Non-emergency Line:513- 765-1212

Neighborhood Officer, Jody Edwards: 513-569-8649

Crime Stoppers

Main Line: 513-352-3040

Fire/EMS, District 4 Engine 2

Emergency  Line: 911

Non-emergency Line: 513-352-2344

Captain James Kettler: 513-352-2302

Health/Emergency Care

Cincinnati Drug and Poison Control Line: 1-800-222-1222

Information & Referrals (for vital health/social service needs):  211

Cincinnati Health Department, Northside Health Center:  513-357-7600

SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): 541-6100