The Dispatch wrote Revival of riverfront retooled
Monday, November 19, 2007
BY DEBBIE GEBOLYS
The latest version — the final version, if you talk to the mayor — of a decades-old effort to dress up the east bank of the Scioto River Downtown features a cafe, a band shell and an 18-inch deep “canal.”
City planners want to attract more than the lunchtime crowd and festivalgoers to a spruced-up riverfront that they want ready for the city’s 200th birthday in 2012.
Planners envision a glass-enclosed cafe and patio, an array of fountains and a permanent band shell at Bicentennial Park. Construction would begin by May. Civic Center Drive, as in earlier plans, would be narrowed to three lanes and converted to two-way traffic.