First phase of Cincinnati Riverfront Park quickly becoming reality

The first phase of The Banks has made dramatic progress in 2011, and has even welcomed its first residents and businesses over the past one to two months. Meanwhile, the new $120 million Cincinnati Riverfront Park (CRP) has also seen significant progress made on its first phase of work.

Project manager Dave Prather gives another visual tour of the construction progress at the CRP, and specifically highlights the rise of the Moerlein Lager House, demolition of the old Mehring Way, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Stage & Event Lawn, Women’s Committee Garden and the Walnut Street Fountain & Steps.

Most noteworth, Prather says that the first elements of the park will be completed by the next video update, and that the event lawn will be recognizable within two weeks. The event lawn will host its first public concert on Thursday, May 26 from 5:30pm to 9pm during Riverfront Fusion.

  • crankyoldbitch

    Thanks for this article, since you seem to be the only one tracking the progress of CRP. Not sure what the Enquirer is about these days. Anyway, I didn’t know about the Fusion event, so thanks again, I’ll be there!

  • No One

    Let’s give credit where credit is due! The biggest contributor to date on this critical piece of national infrastructure of course, has been the 50% of us who pay federal taxes. Congress took about $30 million of our hard earned tax dollars, mixed it with another ~$20 million borrowed from China (that our kids will have to pay back), laudered it through the US Army Corps of Engineers, and spent it on this park.

    In 2009, our wonderful city leaders requested another $10,000,000 in pork spending on the park:

    Apparently a park in Cincinnati is a critical federal project – so critical that we will spend money we don’t have on it. Some better names might have been:

    Pork Barrel Park, or Public Coffer Park, or Wasteful Spending of Federal Tax Dollars Park, or Force your Kids to Pay For It Park.

  • @No One: The money from the USACE is money being used to stabilize the river bank and provide flood protection. Given that this location has a metropolitan job center and one of the nation’s most significant waterways, it does seem to be a project of federal importance. The stabilization of the river bank needs to take place while this project is going on.