HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - On Thursday, Hamilton city leaders broke ground on a 2.6 acre park that will showcase the city's riverfront.
The park will be built on the land that once was occupied by the Sisters of Mercy Hospital.
"It is a special event recreation area, plus more," said Pat Moeller, Hamilton Mayor. "And I emphasize a special recreation area plus more."
Moeller says the recreation area will have something for the whole family.
Phase one of the project will cost about $1 million and it will include building a public amphitheater and extending the Great Miami Recreational Trail. The park will also be a river overlook area. Mayor Moeller believes it's a project that will lead to economic growth.
"The remaining acreage will be developed once people see what we have in Hamilton, Ohio along the riverfront,' said Moeller
"It will be a project for not only us, but our grandchildren and their grandchildren will experience many thrills, times together, hiking, walking, and listening to music," said Greg Ossmann, spokesperson for the Mercy Health Foundation.
Phase one of the project has three public sources of funding, with most of the cost being paid for by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Phase two of the project is in the works to eventually build a shade structure over the amphitheater and to build restrooms.
Phase one of the project is scheduled to be complete in mid-October.