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Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park

Gem along the banks of the Ohio
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Cincinnati has been upping its game with new constructions and renovations. One of the gems of the riverfront development is the Smale Riverfront Park. Situated along Mehring Way and the banks of the Ohio River the park runs between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium. Currently, the park ends at the John A. Roebling Sudspension Bridge, but future plans are to extend it down to Paul Brown Stadium on the western side of the bridge.

Smale Park features a variety of activities from sidewalks perfect for walking, running, or riding a bicycle to taking a step back into history with the Black Brigade Monument to a fountain with colorful lights and water jets that dance to music. There are many activities and events currently held in the park and many more activities and events planned for the future. Planned for opening in 2015 is Carol Ann's Carousel, a custom-designed carousel that will feature scenes representing Cincinnati life. The carousel will operate year-round and will feature an event center/banquet hall underneath the plaza being built as the carousel's location.

One of the current activities available at Smale Park is bicycling. If you don't have a bicycle, you can rent one at the Visitor's Center in the underground garage on the north side of Mehring Way. While bicycling through the park, take time to enjoy the labyrinth or on of the large chair swings that face out to a beautiful view of the Ohio River. You can also learn the history of the Black Brigade's service during the American Civil War. Bronze statues and plaques tell the story of the Black Brigade.

A variety of special events are held throughout the summer as part of the Family Summer Fun series, a series of free, family-oriented events. Smale Riverfront Park has a variety of current features, with many more planned for the future. It is a gem along the banks of the Ohio River and should not be missed, whether you are a visitor to Cincinnati or a resident.

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