First Elements of Cincinnati’s New $120M Central Riverfront Park Coming Online

As mid-rise residential buildings rise from the ground nearby at The Banks, the Cincinnati Riverfront Park (CRP) is making significant progress of its own. Phase 1 of the $120 million, 45-acre park is now just one year away from completion and the first elements of the park are becoming recognizable.

Crews have completed the installation of twenty, 300-foot geothermal wells that will heat and cool several facilities within CRP’s first phase. At the same time construction workers are finishing work on the realigned Mehring Way which will free up direct riverfront space, create a more user-friendly street for all modes of transportation, incorporate space for the Ohio River Trail, and maintain the roadway’s necessary specifications for hazardous materials transportation.

In this fall 2010 update, Project Manager Dave Prather also discusses how meticulous the project team has been in their selection of materials including the granite which will be prominently used throughout this first phase.

The Head House that connects the underground parking garage to the park is the first feature of the Cincinnati Riverfront Park to be completed.  The next elements to come online will be the Schmidlapp Stage & Event Lawn in May 2011 with the Moerlein Lager House following shortly thereafter. Project officials expect the Walnut Street Fountain & Steps and Bike, Mobility & Visitors Center in late summer 2011.  The remaining features of Phase 1 will be completed next fall.

  • Nathan Strieter

    Its great to see the level detail on the head house.
    The materials selected are going to be nice though granite selected is a good amount darker than the initial renders show (esp when it gets wet, around the fountain area). I expect people to comment/complain about that once the park comes online. Renderings are usually taken way too seriously.

  • will this all be ‘green’ style construction?

  • Nathan Strieter

    CBR- I think many of us may not understand your question and I think it is because I’m a bit hung up on what you mean by style.

    There are a number of energy saving, environmentally aware features of the development. Including green roofs on the head houses, geothermal wells for the bicycle center, the bicycle center itself, on-site water retention plans, and a goal to do material resourcing from within a 500 mile range. Could more be done, yes, and could it be done more prominently as a stylist approach rather than a pragmatic one, probably. But I find that the Cincy Parks Department has made some very nice environmental strides with the site.

  • CBR:

    The Cincinnati Park Board incorporates a great deal of “green” building techniques and technologies into their land and facilities. The Cincinnati Riverfront Park will boast many “green” features, some of which were listed by Nathan, but is not being specifically marketed as a fully or specifically “green” project.