Smale Riverfront Park

Jonathan Queen is the artist behind the unique animals found in the just-opened Carol Ann’s Carousel in Smale Riverfront Park along the Ohio River.

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There are more fountains for kids to play in, and adults to enjoy, at Smale Riverfront Park. Cincinnati Parks cut the ribbon Tuesday on the Susan and Joe Pichler Family Fountains on the plaza next to Carol Ann's Carousel. There are water curtains, stair fountains, and a 'Splash and Play' area.

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Cincinnati Parks has plans to make the region look good for the All Star Game in July.  Parks director Willie Carden says the park district will increase the number of flowers around Great American Ball Park, including in the planters above Fort Washington Way. There will also be a floral display in Smale Riverfront Park arranged to look like the All Star logo.

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Cincinnati Parks will open the newest section of Smale Riverfront Park this Saturday.  Eight more features will open by July.  Parks director Willie Carden says normally all the extra upkeep would strain his department's budget, but the department is trying to make the park self-sustaining.

Willie Carden, director of Cincinnati Parks, talks about some of the exciting new features at downtown’s Smale Riverfront Park and when they’ll open for the season with our Barbara Gray.

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Hamilton County is still looking for the best place to build a veterans memorial featuring part of a Cold War era submarine. 

Commissioner Todd Portune says the sail of the USS Cincinnati should be near the Ohio River.

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All the wooden characters are in place. They bob evenly, up and down, as the carousel spins. It won't be long until children's voices will bounce off the glass walls surrounding Carol Ann's Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.

Installation is complete and crews are finishing the carousel building and surrounding grounds. A ribbon cutting is set for May 16.

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While receding flood waters are leaving behind plenty of mud and debris, causing big clean-ups along the Ohio, work on Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park isn't being affected.

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The number of porch swings at Smale Riverfront Park is about to increase. 

The first set were opened in 2013, financed by a $250,000 donation from Dianne and J. David Rosenberg.  And the couple has made another, larger, gift for another set of swings.

According to Cincinnati Parks’ spokesperson Manda Hurdelbrink, the Rosenberg’s donated $750,000 for 13 more family-sized swings to be built on the west side of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and south of Mehring Way.  The swings will be part of the Great Lawn, which is still under construction.

This summer will bring the opening of Carol Ann’s Carousel, one of many new attractions at Cincinnati’s Smale Riverfront Park. Steven Schuckman from the City of Cincinnati’s park department talks about the locally designed ride with Barbara Gray.

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