Smale Riverfront Park Naming Opportunities

Be a part of the city's most vibrant park by underwriting one of its beautiful new features.  Starting at just $500, there is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of riverfront history.  

For more information on one of the opportunites below, please contact Suzy Dorward at 513.861.0023.

West Side of Smale River Front Park

Carol Ann's Carousel Crown Jewels
For a gift of $500 or more, your name will be recognized on the carousel wall.  Or, underwrite one of 16 scenes, painted by local artist Jonathan Queen, that will appear at the top of the carousel for a gift of $5,000.   One of the glass walls of the carousel will serve as the backdrop - listing the names of all those who have contributed to this project.  
Visit our donation page to make your gift today! 

Historic Water Street Esplanade
A wide pedestrian walkway is being built on the old right of way of the first street in the city of Cincinnati. It will feature an ornate stepping stone walkway and will span the area from the PNC Grow Up Great Adventure Play area on the east, under the Roebling Bridge, to the Vine Street Water Garden to the west.  
The Great Lawn
Just under 2 acres of greenspace, the Riverfront lawn will be located south of Mehring Way and west of the Roebling Bridge and will offer visitors an open area for picnicking, strolling, playing and enjoying our riverfront views. Located near the planned Castellini Esplanade this area will include food and produce vendors. 
This curving walkway borders the top of the open lawn and extends from the park entrance at Elm Street on the west, to the Roebling Bridge and the already-constructed eastern section of the riverwalk that meanders past such features as: the Black Brigade Monument and Barr Labyrinth, Fath Family Fountains, the Rosenberg Swings and the Duke Energy gardens.
Vine Street Water Garden
The water garden aligns with the Vine Street steps and will be an extension of the cascading waters from across Mehring Way. The center shallow basin of water is flanked by planting beds and will incorporate decorative stepping stones across the water. 
The Riverfront Swings
This project will mirror the swings found on the east side of our park bearing the name, 'The Rosenberg Swings'.  This feature has become one of the most popular attractions and often has a waiting list so we are expanding the number and building them on the west side of the park. 
Comfort Stations
A mobile comfort station to serve the picnic grove, Castellini Esplanade and the entire west side of the park. 
Picnic Terrace
This walkway, beginning down on the riverfront and winding past the Castellini Esplanade, West Event Lawn, P&G Playscapes and the Historic Archeological Dig, will end just west of the Roebling Bridge.  In will include the Garden Overlook to the south of the walkway.  
Roebling Terrace
A terrace at the end of the Roebling Bridge south abutment. This area will be a great setting for casual sitting and viewing of the river as well as a small space for special programs and private functions. 
The Story of the Riverfront
Interpretive panels will be woven into the infrastructure of the park to tell the story of the development of the riverfront.  
Park Art
There are opportunities to commission art for the park with commissions varying in scope and cost depending on the program requirements for individual pieces. These will be mutually agreed upon pieces to respect the theme of the park. 


East Side of Smale River Front Park

The Marina
Located at the bottom of the Main Street steps, the Marina will offer 24 slips for short-term docking of boats on the Ohio River. A small shelter will provide a limited amount of supplies. 

Walnut Street Stairs, Restrooms, & Bike Center 
The wide stair way, balanced on both sides by cascading water features and beautiful flower pots lead down to Mehring Way offering the pedestrian connector from the upper part of Smale Riverfront Park across to the lower portion. Restrooms and the Bike Center are located nearby at street level. 
      Bicycles at Smale Riverfront Park            
Glass Balconies, Water Curtains, Spray Fountain & Walnut Street Steps
These three water features illuminate the east side of Smale Riverfront Park. With three glass balconies and a water fountain feature on the top level (adjacent to Schmidlapp Event Lawn) and the Main Street Grand stairs that include flower pots, cascading water features, these features are main attractions at Smale Riverfront Park.  


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