The Gardner Family Foundation is donating $2.3 million to develop a portion of Smale Riverfront Park. The money will be used to create a rose garden and nearly two acre tree grove.
Peggy Johns says the Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden is a tribute to her late father Jim.
"My father loved Cincinnati," says Johns. "Roses were a passion for him all his life. My grandfather Gardner was a prize rose grower... and my dad learned how to take care of the roses growing up, that was his chore."
Cincinnati Council is expected to vote Wednesday to issue $8 million worth of bonds to finish another portion of Smale Riverfront Park. That borrowing likely will mean city homeowners will not see a decrease in a portion of their city property taxes.
Issuing bonds is essentially the same thing as taking out a mortgage on a house. You get a large lump sum of money up-front and then pay it back over a long period of time. The city sets aside a portion of its property tax revenue to make these payments.
Terrence Burke of the Wump Mucket Puppets is just back from the 2013 Puppeteers of America National Puppetry Festival and ready for a couple of local performances: September 15 at Smale Riverfront Park and September 28-29 at CliftonFest in Burnet Woods. He came by our studio to talk with Robyn Carey-Allgeyer about the festival experience and what folks will experience during these September performances.
Were you aware that a brand new carousel is coming to Smale Riverfront Park in 2015? It’ll be at the base of Vine Street with additional trees and water features. Community input is now being accepted for the carousel design, and one place you can see some of the history of Cincinnati parks and attraction is the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s downtown branch. Mark Perzel learns more about this exciting new addition to the riverfront, and how listeners can provide input, from Steve Schuckman with the Cincinnati Parks Departmentand Patricia van Skaik from the library.
Not only does the Duke Energy Garden offer lush gardens, large trees, walking paths and granite seat walls, it has a great view of the Ohio River and Kentucky shoreline, which you can enjoy from family-sized porch swings. Dianne and David Rosenberg gave $250,000 to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Cincinnati Park Board to provide significant funding for the swings.
The new garden is located adjacent to, and east of, the park's Main Street Fountain and Plaza.