Smale Riverfront Park

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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.

Shark Girl didn't even have time to say goodbye before the Cincinnati sculpture was whisked away to New York. The Buffalo News reports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery bought the publicly-funded sculpture for an undisclosed sum of money from the artist who made it, Casey Millard.

Shark Girl had been displayed along Cincinnati's riverfront.

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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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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.  

Wump Mucket Puppets ready for fall shows

Sep 6, 2013

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 Department and Patricia van Skaik from the library.

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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.