FIRST LOOK: Dublin’s proposed Riverside Park to offer ice skating, rock climbing, river access

 

Dublin is showing off a final draft of plans for a $44 million Riverside Park that would bring outdoor ice skating, rock climbing and kayak access points to the heart of the city.
Stretching along both sides of the Scioto River, the park would anchor the suburb’s walkable Bridge Street District with public plazas and outdoor activities all tied together by an iconic pedestrian bridge.
Dublin’s proposed Riverside Park could bring outdoor ice skating, rock climbing and kayak access points to the heart of the city. The park would anchor the suburb’s walkable Bridge Street District with public plazas and outdoor activities all tied together by an iconic pedestrian bridge.

Dublin’s proposed Riverside Park could bring outdoor ice skating, rock climbing and kayak… more

“It’s going to be very much like a Central Park for Dublin,” said Matt Earman, director of the Dublin Parks & Recreation Department. “It’s a lot of the reasons people will be coming down in that area.”
See the slideshow for renderings of the new park.

Also see the embedded video for a fly-through of how the park fits within the Bridge Park development under construction on both sides of the river. You can also see the video at the Reveal Visuals website.
On the east side of the river, “the Green” lawn space would be used for festivals and events and leisure activities. Plans also call for natural paths winding along the river.
After more than two years of planning, the final draft was released Wednesday. Dublin residents are being asked weigh in at a public open house March 28.
Dublin City Council will consider the plans for adoption this spring.

“We’re looking at about a five-year process,” Earman told me. “Construction on the bridge would likely start very early next year. That is probably an 18 month to 24 month process. Other components will be added in … basically falling in as pieces.”
The $19 million pedestrian and bike bridge has been approved and financing is set aside in the Parks & Recreation Department’s capital improvement budget, Earman said. The remaining $25 million improvements have been budgeted, he said, but must be approved by City Council. Dublin’s park is being design alongside Columbus-based MKSK, which worked on the 33-acre Scioto Greenways project in downtown Columbus.

Check out Business First’s article for more pictures and videos!

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