CINCINNATI, OH - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Mayor Mark Mallory to tour the Cincinnati Riverfront Park construction site and receive a briefing on the project that is redeveloping Cincinnati's riverfront. The 45-acre park is under construction between Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ballpark. In June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded $8.5 million in funds for construction projects on Walnut Street at Cincinnati Riverfront Park.
"This park will not only connect Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium, it will create jobs and economic activity now and in the future," Brown said. "From the Parks Department to the Army Corps of Engineers to city, state, and federal funding, public and private partners have come together to make this park a reality. We can already look across the Riverfront and see the progress - and power - of public/private partnerships that can spur economic development."
Brown was also joined by City Manager Milton Dehoney, Parks Director Willie Carden, and project coordinator Dave Prather. The long-term plan for the park calls for 45 acres stretching from the Reds ballpark to Paul Brown Stadium. The first phase, set to open on opening day 2011, includes event lawns, a tree grove, a bike center, a stage, a monument to Cincinnati's Black Brigade, originally formed to defend the city from the South during the Civil War, and a locally owned beer-garden called the Moerlein Lager House.
Brown has worked with members of the congressional delegation to secure federal funding for the park, including $5.245 million in federal appropriations in Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009. Brown also supported several legislative requests to authorize additional funding for the project.
Cincinnati Riverfront Park is one aspect of ongoing development of Cincinnati's riverfront. Adjacent to the Park, The Banks, Greater Cincinnati's largest single, mixed-use development, continues to rise. Earlier this year, the project received $6.5 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding for infrastructure investment. The Banks Project will leverage public and private funding to bring hundreds of construction jobs to create residential housing, specialty retail, restaurants, entertainment, office, parking, and hotel space. These two projects will continue the revitalization of the riverfront district while bringing more jobs to southwest Ohio.