Smale Riverfront Park

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The final piece of this summer's Smale Riverfront Park construction is now open. Cincinnati Parks cut the ribbon Thursday on the Castellini Esplanade and the Portland Loo. The two sit just east of Paul Brown Stadium where Bob Castellini began his produce business.

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Cincinnati Parks has opened another section of the Smale Riverfront Park.  New sets of porch swings have been installed to the west of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.  Parks Board President Otto Budig Junior says the swings both tie people to the rest of the park, and separate them.

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.

provided / USS Cincinnati Cold War Memorial Project

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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