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Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park is intended to reconnect downtown to the river and to link with the existing riverfront parks to the east. It is a place to view the river and river traffic, gather and celebrate as a community, and be inspired.

The park is divided into two primary levels. The Schmidlapp Event Lawn is part of the upper level and provides a green roof for the parking garage. The upper level of the park is above the 100 year flood. The rest of the park, the lower level south of Mehring Way, is within the floodplain. Pathways within the park are universally accessible with access to the water’s edge.

Address

Smale Riverfront Park

West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Events and News

With 100+ events we host each year, there is something for everyone to come down and enjoy.

Parking

Heading to the Riverfront for the Reds, Smale Park or a concert? Checkout the parking at Sawyer Point and the Public Landing. Close to everything. Daily rates vary $5-$20 depending on special events, rates as posted.

Riverfront Venue Rentals

Cincinnati Park’s riverfront locations offer a variety of options for event promoters and organizers to host any size or type of event. These venues are ideal locations to host everything from walk/runs to corporate events to large regional and national level concerts and festivals. Venue rentals can be tailored to fit your specific event size and scope. If you are interested call and talk to a dedicated individual who will assist you. Free cost estimates are available.

Interested in holding an event at the Riverfront? Below is our baseline 2019 pricing sheet for Smale Riverfront Park. We recommend you call us at 513-352-6190 to receive a detailed cost estimate based upon your specific event needs.

  • Schmidlapp Event Lawn | $3,500 (6 hour min)
  • Additional Hour | $200/hour
  • Great Lawn | $6,000 (6 hour min)
  • Additional Hour | $500
  • East Lawn | $2,000
  • Additional Hour | $200
  • Castellini Esplanade | $2,000 (6 hour min / $200 for additional hours)

Park History

Planning started in 1997, ground was broken in 2008 and the first phase of the park opened in May, 2012. Additional features continued to be constructed and opened through 2015.

The park has been built as a series of terraces that accommodate seasonal flooding along the river edge, which includes areas lifted out of the floodplain.

Smale Riverfront Park is managed and operated by the Cincinnati Park Board.

Over $50 million of state, city and federal funds have been invested in the park and over $42 million of private funding.

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Public Art

The park is built as a series of terraces that accommodate seasonal flooding, including areas lifted out of the floodplain and constructed on the roof of the riverfront garage. Designed with people and the environment in mind, this is the welcoming gateway to our community

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