Coming soon: The Beach along Cincinnati's side of the Ohio River

Coming soon: The Beach along Cincinnati's side of the Ohio River

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - By Kendall Herold

Would you visit a beach along Cincinnati's side of the Ohio River?

The development team behind the latest phase of Smale Riverfront Park is hoping so.

A new element of the Downtown park features turning part of the riverbank into a beach-like setting, according to a new video the Cincinnati Parks Department released.

The beach-like area will be part of the "Great Lawn." The construction team already has opened up a portion of the riverbank and cleared it out.

Dave Prather, the project's manager, refers to the newest addition as "Smale Beach." This will give park visitors a new way to connect with the Ohio River in a way they've never been able to before, he said.

The beach-like area will also give more access to the water and new views of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Prather details the latest developments on the structure that will enclose the carousel. The framing of the structure has been completed, and the roof of the building includes a massive opening that will allow natural light to flow through the building.

Prather said even more developments to the carousel building will happen in November when the glass windows are installed.

The latest developments to the newest phase of Smale Riverfront Park are on schedule.

Prather is expected to give another update this winter. The entire area is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2015.

View the video from Prather here:

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