Smale Riverfront Park video: A look at the progress at the park on the banks of the Ohio River

Think the Cincinnati riverfront looks pretty now? Just wait until Phase II of construction at Smale Riverfront Park is completed in spring 2015.

Can't wait that long? We've got a video for you that highlights all you can expect to see and enjoy in the not-too-distant future.

The Cincinnati Park Board has released the summer 2014 construction update video for the park, which is planned to span more than 40 acres of land along the Ohio River between Broadway and Central Avenue.

Project Manager Dave Prather walks the viewer through all that's going on with the project – what has been completed, what still needs to be done and how everything will look and be utilized when it's finally completed.

The 15-minute video highlights progress on the Vine Street fountains and steps, Carol Ann's Carousel, the Anderson Pavilion and the Heekin/PNC Grow Up Great Adventure Playground.

You can watch the video below and look at renderings of the park projects in the media player above.

Phase I of the project was completed in 2013. It included building the Schmidlapp Stage and Event Lawn, the Walnut Street steps and interactive fountain, the Main Street interactive fountain, the Black Brigade Monument, tree groves, a labyrinth, Cincinnati Bike and Visitor's Center and the Moerlein Lager House.

When Phase II is completed it will fully connect Bicentennial Commons and Sawyer Point to form an almost three-mile corridor of public park along the river. 

Developers believe the park is helping the riverfront transform into a social asset for the city.

The following is posted on the official website for the park:

"Its many and varied features—including fountains, walkways, gardens, event lawns, playgrounds and restaurants—contribute to the emotional and physical health of its citizens; to the economic vitality of the region and to the exceptional quality of life and experience to be cultivated and enjoyed throughout the area."

Joyce Kamen, public information officer for the park, issued a welcome to one riverfront's newest occupants.

"Note to GE: Welcome to the neighborhood! We know you are absolutely going to LOVE your new front yard!

Sources confirmed to WCPO on Wednesday that the General Electric Co. will bring its payroll and other company functions from around the country to The Banks, which is adjacent to the park.

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