Smale Riverfront Park

Cincinnati Parks
12:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Donation will create rose garden and tree grove at Smale Riverfront Park

Several generations of the Gardner family gather to announce the rose garden and tree grove to honor Jim and Joan Gardner.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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."

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City parks
12:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Borrowing money for Smale park will likely mean no property tax decrease

A water feature at Smale Riverfront Park
Ann Thompson WVXU

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.  

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Puppet Shows
1:30 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Wump Mucket Puppets ready for fall shows

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.

Community Input
1:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Share your thoughts about the new Smale Riverfront Park's carousel

Smale Riverfront Park

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 Department and Patricia van Skaik from the library.

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Duke Energy Garden
1:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Cincinnati dedicates new garden at Smale Riverfront Park

The Duke Energy Garden is the newest addition to Smale Riverfront Park.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

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.

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