Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Smale project manager details continuing construction in video update

Continuing construction work on the first phase of Smale Riverfront Park is detailed in a new video update from the Cincinnati Park Board released late last week.

In the video, project manager Dave Prather guides viewers on a tour of recent construction activity, including the opening of a portion of the Roebling Green, and new landscaping around the Black Brigade of Cincinnati monument. At the Duke Energy Garden, foundations for the granite seat walls have been installed, as have the foundations for the 12 family-sized swings and electrical conduits that will provide illumination.

"Most of our construction activity is now working east of the Main Street Fountain," Prather said.

Prather also provides updates on future construction, including site preparation for the Adventure Playground and the Women's Committee Garden, the extension of the Ohio River Trail, and the new Vine Street Fountain & Stairs. A lower river walkway, which will eventually connect to a transient boat dock, will be built starting next May.

A portion of Smale Riverfront Park opened to the public in May, and Prather said there will be much more activity to report in the next video update, which is scheduled for late winter.

"What we're working toward in May [2013]...right now we have about three and a half acres," he said. "In May [2012], when we opened the park, there we about three acres, maybe three-and-a-half acres of public Smale Riverfront Park space open. Next May, we're going to more than double the size of that."

Previous reading on BC:
Duke Energy provides $450K for Smale garden (10/31/12)
City to pursue $3.8M grant for Smale boat dock (8/6/12)
Photos: Catching up with Moerlein, Smale, Elberon, and East Price Hill (7/20/12)
Cincinnati Bike Center opens on riverfront (5/9/12)
Photos: Random shots from March and April, including Bond Hill and Silverton (4/27/12)