Each of the five buildings in the park will have vegetated green roofs.
Limestone walls around the park have been “upcycled,” part of an effort to recycle whenever possible and retain the character of the space. Parks as community-builders Last month, residents in East Price Hill spread out picnic blankets to watch a movie at Olden View Park on Matson Place, the newly restored park space that sits where the Price Hill Incline used to drop its passengers.
As of 2011, the Cincinnati Park Board controls Sawyer Point, the Serpentine Wall and Yeatman’s Cove, as well as the Showboat Majestic, a National Historic Landmark and the last surviving riverboat theater.
Schuckman, who has worked at the Park Board for 22 years, sees their work impacting quality of life in the city more today than ever before. Parkonomics (parks as economic drivers) More than 140,000 visitors flocked to the riverfront on Reds’ Opening Day this year to celebrate new spaces; Smale Riverfront Park officially opened May 18 and has been drawing crowds ever since.
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in downtown Cincinnati, he was shot and killed in a robbery in a nearby parking lot, a catharsis the entire city went through as it struggled with the public media story of the city’s urban growing pains in the Over The Rhine area, the ensuing murder trial, the coming together of so many friends and followers to hold a memorial concert, the establishment of a music education fund in Michael’s name, and eventually the city even naming a street after him, Michael Bany Way, in downtown Cincinnati.
Getting to compliance means overhauling the old system and mitigating lots of sewer runoff, including water that flows into parks.
Dry wells in the park, for example, will divert all of the runoff from the space away from the city sewers, creating a self-sustaining system.Krohn Conservatory’s LED sign is solar-powered, and arrays gather energy for buildings in Mt. Green roofs and solar trash compactors are visible reminders of the parks’ “green” focus, sure, but much more lies underground.Park Board planners take full advantage of funding available because of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s consent decree with the federal government. Simply put, the city’s outdated concrete sewer system, which overflows during heavy rains, violates the federal Clean Water Act.He knows the health and economic benefits of getting residents outdoors and exercising, whether that means strolling for three miles along the Ohio River downtown, biking a trail or being a part of the Park Board’s 75-year-old public nature education and adventure program.From Camp Canine and Grandparents’ Camp, to winding wooded trails and upgraded playgrounds, the Park Board’s recreational programs include offerings that engage thousands of inner-city youth and residents from every neighborhood, not to mention visitors and vacationers.
From bike proms to family picnics to impromptu concerts, Smale Riverfront Park embodies parks as they were meant to be, Schuckman says.