The $2 million Pichler Family Fountains and Spray Park opens Tuesday at Smale Riverfront Park. (FOX19 NOW/Megan O'Rourke)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Construction at Smale Riverfront Park moves one step closer to completion Tuesday.
Park and city officials will cut the ribbon on the new Pichler Family Fountains and Spray Park at 5:30 p.m.
The $2 million attraction includes water cascades, a reflecting pool, water curtains and glass balconies.
The fountains are the newest addition to Smale Riverfront Park and serve as a welcoming point for the estimated 1.1 million visitors expected.
Initial planning for Smale started in 1999 and is a being funded through a mix of private and public money, with private donations so far covering $45 million of the nearly $80 million.
Park officials say the area is vital to the city, essentially serving as the “front door”.
Smale project connects what previously were individual parks, it is a setting for festivals and other events, provides flood mitigation and erosion control and also with all this work becomes an economic engine and regional destination.
A second construction phase in the works will add a marina and event lawn and parking.
No construction dates have been set, but once that work is complete Smale Riverfront Park will be closer to a $120 million project.