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Supporters, protestors gather for opening of Washington Park

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) -

Both supporters and protestors gathered Friday morning for the ribbon cutting of the revamped Washington Park.

The project, led by 3CDC and the Cincinnati Parks Board, expanded the park from six to eight acres, added a 450 space parking garage, water features, a stage and other new elements.

Restoration costs totaled $84 million dollars, with more than half of the money coming from public funds, and $22 million in private funding.

To find out more about new features and events going on at Washington Park, click here.

However, while many were excited about the newly developed park, a protest was organized by the People's Panel, part of the Platform for Equality and Justice.

Some nearby residents were upset with the restoration process, and fear the new Washington Park will not be a place where all are equally welcome.

The park, across from Music Hall, is nearly 150-years-old.

It will be open daily from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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