Downtown Concierge

A River Runs Through It


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Downtown Columbus

Scioto Greenway ResizeRivers are often central to the identity of a downtown. Think Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chicago, to name just a few. Redevelopment of our downtown riverfront began with The Scioto Mile, which reconnected downtown with the Scioto River through integrated parks, bike and pedestrian paths, and boulevards. Now, The Scioto Greenways project is set to open, and you are invited to the celebration.

In 2013, the Scioto Greenways project commenced, restoring the river through the removal of the Main Street Dam, which had altered the river’s path for a century. Poof - 33 new acres of greenspace downtown. It’s been nearly two years of hard work that has ranged from combatting cold winters to rescuing more than 4,000 mussels to construction of walls and paths. Now the new Scioto Greenways is ready to welcome you to experience our own Downtown riverfront like you never have before, with 1.5 miles of multi-use pathways, 800 trees and 75,000 plantings.

Today, November 10 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., come check out the Lower River Walk. Don’t let today’s sprinkles scare you – the rain will clear away for the grand opening.  Along our spectacular new waterfront, you’ll find a wide array of family-friendly activities. Take a canoe or kayak ride. Get the kids’ faces painted. Listen to live music. Have a caricature portrait done. Watch a special exhibition on the river by the Ohio State Crew Club from 3:45 - 4:45.

The fun wraps up at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks. You can find complete details here.