Monday, June 22, 2009

$2.97M Cincinnati Riverfront Park grant application approved

Cincinnati City Council has passed unanimously an ordinance allowing the City to apply for a grant that could bring in an additional $2.97 million for the 45-acre, $100 million-plus Cincinnati Riverfront Park.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant, which requires no matching funds from the City, would help pay for construction of elements within the eastern side of the park, including a grand fountain and pools, a glass floor promenade with balconies, a new restaurant, shade trellises and play areas, a visitor's center and a public bike center

A capital improvement program project account would be created if the funding is received.

Groundbreaking for phase one of the park was held last September, and the foundation for the park has been completed.

Construction of major elements of the park is expected to begin this fall and to be completed by April 2011.

The Cincinnati Park Board estimates that 1.1 million people will visit Cincinnati Riverfront Park annually.

Previous reading on BC:
Ohio grant could aid first phase of Cincinnati Riverfront Park (6/15/09)