Cincinnati Riverfront Park

John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park
Cincinnati, OH


National Recreation and Park Association
Park Design Award

The 45-acre central riverfront park is the largest jewel in a series of public parks reconnecting the heart of Cincinnati, Fountain Square, to the Ohio River. The park includes a major event lawn and street tree plantings over an underground parking garage as well as a large park area adjacent to the Ohio River, including a series of individualized park areas. Site conditions ranged from over-structure plantings to flood zones along the river, all designed for intense public use. Pine & Swallow provided soil and subsurface design and planting recommendations, including a structural soil system for street tree plantings.

High-Use LawnsNaturalized LandscapesOver-StructurePublic SpacesStreetscapesStructural SoilsUrban Soil ConditionsWaterfrontsWetlands / Water
(Image: Sasaki)