Sayler Park, at Gracely and Monitor Avenues, perpetuates the name of Nelson Sayler, an early settler who gave much of his time and means to the welfare of his community. The 2.068-acre park became city property when the Village of Sayler Park was annexed to Cincinnati in 1911. A tornado on April 3, 1974 caused great damage to the village. Fifty-two trees were lost, two stone benches were destroyed as well as lawn areas and concrete park paths. This little park was used as the staging area for emergency efforts, causing additional damage to the area. In October of that year, the Park Board planted more than 90 flowering and shade trees as the first step in the restoration and renovation of the tornado-ravaged park. Fortunately, some of the magnificent large trees were spared and through Federal Community Development Block Grant funds. Renovation included new interior walks, lighting and floral bed displays.
6600 Gracely Dr.
Cincinnati, OH, 45233
- J. Fitzhugh Thornton Memorial: This sculpture of an eastern Woodlands Native American was created in 1912 by the J.L. Mott Iron Works of New York. The statue acquired the name Tecumseh, after the Shawnee intertribal leader who led resistance against white expansion into our region. Its zinc composition and cast-iron pedestal make this work a unique piece in the city. Only eight others like it have survived in the United States. A gift from Eliza Thornton in memory of her husband, this quaint statue in Thornton Triangle (Cincinnati’s smallest park), has seen much misfortune over the years. It was partially submerged in the great flood of 1937. Three years later, after being struck by a car, the city sold the sculpture for $10 to an antique dealer in Indiana. Outraged Sayler Park residents vowed to find and return the Indian to its pedestal. After several months, the sculpture was located and returned to Thornton Triangle.