Why Smale Riverfront Park?


The Regional Benefits of Smale Riverfront Park

  • Major civic space at front door of city
  • Setting for festivals and events
  • Access to the river
  • Features and activities to draw visitors
    • Playgrounds
    • Carousel
    • Labyrinth
    • Family-sized porch swings
    • Public Art
    • Water Features
    • Gardens
    • Boat Landings
    • Event Lawn
    • Bike Path / Walkways
    • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Linkage to existing riverfront parks
  • The park will provide a new river edge
  • The Park will provide flood mitigation and erosion control
  • The park will be an economic engine and regional destination

The Economic Benefits of Smale Riverfront Park

  • The park will bring 1.1 million new visitors to downtown and will have a positive impact on tourists, convention goers, and downtown business.
  • The park will leverage the development of The Banks and it will serve as the front yard/neighborhood park for its tenants, visitors, and home owners.
  • The park will be the setting for major events and festivals.
  • The park will contain restaurants, cafes and concessions to provide food and drink to visitors, as well as to generate revenue.