A pair of weed-infested planters outside Great American Ball Park is raising a lot of questions on social media, namely: Who's responsible?
The answer: No one seems to know.
Like many die-hard sports fans, Kasey Fischesser describes herself as "a little superstitious." She's parked in the same parking garage, the East Garage on Pete Rose Way, for nearly every Cincinnati Reds game she's attended over the last 10 years.
She used to admire the daylilies that would bloom inside the planters between the ballpark and Heritage Bank Center, but for the last few years, those lilies have given way to an overgrowth of weeds.
The 46-year-old resident of Independence is a Reds season ticket holder and attends around 40 to 50 games a season. Her Twitter handle is "KyRedsGal," and she tweets a lot, usually about the Reds.
So, when Fischesser passed by the planters again on recently, she took to social media to try once more to bring attention to the issue.
"This is at least 3rd or 4th year of these planters standing full of weeds," Fischesser said in a tweet to her more than 7,000 followers. "And several of us have tried to figure out how to fix it."
Fischesser said she's tried to uncover who should be maintaining the planters..
Hamilton County officials said Monday that the planters are not managed by the county, nor are they on county property. Officials were unable to confirm who owned them.
Cincinnati Parks responded to Fischesser's Twitter thread, saying it isn't responsible for maintaining the planters, either.
A spokesman for Heritage Bank Center said it was not responsible for the planters, either.
Requests for comment from the Reds and the city of Cincinnati have yet to be returned.
Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. has been working with others since this summer to determine who owns the property, spokesman Joe Rudemiller said.
The organization is going to step up to the plate and take care of it until officials figure out who owns it and who will maintain it in the long-term, he said.
“We’re going to go ahead and clear out the weeds and mud, and then in the spring we’ll do some planting,” Rudemiller said.
Fischesser said she's willing to organize a volunteer effort to clear out the weeds, but wants to get permission from the planters' owner.
"In the greater scheme of the coronavirus and every other God-awful thing that's going on in the world, is it a big deal? It's not. It's absolutely not a big deal," she said. "But it's a beautification thing for our city."