Smale Riverfront Park Update




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With baseball season underway and the All-Star Game just days away, we are lured with warmer temperatures to the banks of the Ohio River to view what’s new at the Smale Riverfront Park.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated attraction was unveiled on May 16. Carol Ann’s Carousel features 44 carousel characters and will operate year-round. You can preview some of the carousel figures here and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and inspiration behind local artist Jonathan Queen’s work below.


More Venues Opening Summer 2015

  • Castellini Esplanade – 28 picnic tables that move on rails (will host future riverfront farmer’s markets). It’s design reflects the historic character of the produce industry.
  • Great Lawn – 2.5 acres with a curved pathway and the Ohio River Trail
  • Sue & Joe Pichler Family Fountains at Vine Street – The steps align withe Vine Street and feature water cascades that light up at dusk. The plaza has fountains for play as well as water curtains and a reflecting pool
  • Portland Loo – aka a toilet, this is a clean, safe place to go!
  • P&G Go Vibrantscape featuring the “oinkihopter” aka a flying pig with rope ladders; granite map of the riverfront to see how flood waters rise and recede and fitness path
  • Foot piano with 32 chimes (chimes sound every 15 minutes)
  • Anderson Pavilion – A banquet center is located beneath the carousel with views of the lower park and bridges and is available for rent
  • Heekin/PNC Grow Up Adventure Playground – Next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge, this play area has a rock-climbinb canyon, slides, rope bridge and a granite seating amphitheater.
  • Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden – This grove has pathways, trees and many varieties of roses.

Phase 6 of the Smale Park is still being designed. Stay tuned for more updates!

Smale Riverfront Park – What Is New For This Cincinnati Park!

The Smale Riverfront Park along the Ohio River banks in Cincinnati, Ohio has had lots of activity going on throughout Winter 2014.

An adventure playground that includes slides and a bridge are under construction and should be open this spring. The infrastructure for the carousel is underway with projections for a 2015 opening.

Look at this video to see all of the progress that has been made:

Smale Riverfront Park Receives National/Facility Park Design Award


Cincinnati, Ohio’s Smale Riverfront Park has received national recognition. The National Recreation and Park Association will be bestowing the park with the National/Facility Park Design Award in October, 2013.

This honor is in light of the park’s unique and innovative design and how it meets community needs. See more about the award here.

Learn more about Smale Riverfront Park here.

Things to Do at Smale Riverfront Park


Have you visited Smale Riverfront Park yet? Situated between the ballpark and football stadiums, this green space offers gardens, bike paths, fountains as well as new porch swings that face the Ohio River.

What’s going on at the Smale Park this summer? Lots of fun activities! Enjoy outdoor concerts, family-oriented movies and theater productions. See the schedule for events here.

Make your suggestions the Cincinnati Carousel!
Smale Park is adding a carousel in 2015. You can make your suggestions for animals and characters that you would like to see on this carousel here. This is a Cincinnati-themed carousel and will feature murals based on design ideas that are submitted. The ride will be placed within a glass-enclosed building and will be open year round and will have views of the park and the Ohio River.

Read an article that includes a video about the carousel from Cliff Radel of the Cincinnati Enquirer here.

New York Times Article about Cincinnati Shoreline

The New York Times published a great article about Ciincinnati’s downtown riverfront revival on June 5, 2012. Highlights of this  article included:

Read this article here!