The Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park is a 32-acre park in downtown Cincinnati that follows the banks of the Ohio River. The park is framed by Cincinnati landmarks like the Roebling Bridge, the National Underground Freedom Railroad Center, the Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ballpark. With implementation currently underway, the park completes a necklace of open spaces on the river, links statewide recreation trail and bike systems and reconnects the heart of downtown Cincinnati to the river. Massachusetts-based landscape architecture firm Sasaki Associates, Inc., designed the park as a fitting backdrop for the Roebling Bridge — a historically significant architectural icon — with areas for large gatherings, passive recreation and programmed events.
Previously underused space that needed a significant makeover. In the spring of 2011, John Smale, former Chairman of Procter & Gamble, gave the Cincinnati Parks Foundation a $20 million gift to honor his late wife Phyllis, who spent decades working to raise funds for the city’s green spaces. Additional funding was provided through a mix of city, state and federal resources. The park is expected to bring over one million visitors downtown annually and have a positive economic impact on downtown Cincinnati overall. The park also provides an excellent venue for major events and festivals, and includes space for restaurants and other leisure facilities. Read More
By Bridgett Raffenburg
Here we are with another installment of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” and today we’re featuring the newest Cincinnati Park, Smale Riverfront Park. Smale Riverfront Park sits along the Ohio River just east of the base of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. This 45 acre park spans the riverfront area between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark. The park had its grand opening in 2012. I must say that I am INCREDIBLY impressed with what they’ve done with this space, with this park, with the entire area. It’s nothing short of amazing. The park is divided into two levels. The upper level features the Schmidlapp Event Lawn and one of the spraying water features. The lower level sits south of Mehring Way. The park pays tribute to The Black Brigade with a monument commemorating the voluntary service of hundreds of African-American men during the Civil War. The monument tells the story of The Black Brigade and it also lists all 700 members. This park is rich in water features. The park features two “splash fountains” where kids can play in the water. Read More
A trail along the Ohio River will get a small pedestrian bridge and more paved walkways thanks to $1.6 million in grants.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments announced it would give Ludlow and Newport a combined $1.6 million to build pieces of the Riverfront Commons trail.
When complete, the trail will stretch 111/2 miles along the Ohio River from Ludlow to Fort Thomas. Portions have already been built.
Newport received $1.3 million from OKI. Most of that will pay for a pedestrian bridge connecting the Taylor-Southgate Bridge to the floodwall, said City Manager Tom Fromme.
This will allow people to walk directly from the bridge to the floodwall, where they can walk along the river.