Latonia is a neighborhood with a hometown feel—a place that has never lost its sense of community. It offers a broad mix of homes, mainly historic, including cottages and larger homes, mainly historic, including cottages and larger homes from the turn of the 20th century, classic Craftsman-style bungalows from the '20s and '30s, and a handful of large Victorian "Painted Ladies."
Once home to the Latonia Racetrack, one of the finest thoroughbred racetracks in the country in its day (1883-1939), Latonia welcomed throngs of people from aristocrats to bookies. Latonia took its name from the track, which was named after a nearby antebellum spa.
Latonia has the largest business district beyond downtown Covington. At its heart lies the Ritte's Corner National Register Historic District, anchored by four landmark buildings and a new fountain plaza dedicated to those who gave their lives in the Korean War. Farther south two popular shopping centers occupy the land that was once the racetrack, now convenient to I-275. Grocery stores, shops and restaurants are available in Latonia, as are banks, pharmacies and medical facilities. It also offers local schools, and numerous churches, as well as two neighborhood associations and a business association.
West Latonia Neighborhood Association
Larry McSwiney 491-6684
Meeting Time & Place:
3rd Monday of each month at 7:00pm
Ninth District Elementary
2800 Indiana Avenue
The railroad has always played a large role in Latonia, and appropriately, the neighborhood is home to the Greater Cincinnati Railway Museum. Johnny's Toy Store holds model train expos for those who prefer the miniature version, and also features Totter's Otterville, a varied and creative play area that young kids can't get enough of.
Latonia has some of the city's best recreational facilities, such as the Bill Cappel Sports Complex which offers state-of-the-art baseball/softball fields, two soccer fields, and a waterpark. Rosendale Park includes both football and soccer fields that are used by Holy Cross High School and Covington residents. For a few rounds of golf, a drink and an elegant lunch, there is the privately owned 18-hole Twin Oaks Golf Course and Event Center