May Luncheon presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare “Urban Recreation”
Thu, May 19
The Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
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Join us May 19 as Southbank Partners President and CEO Will Weber and Ben Oldiges, City of Covington Parks and Recreation Manager discuss the volume and significance of work designed to attract residents of Covington and the region as well as visitors to the City’s revitalized riverfront.
The City of Covington has been investing in recent years to improve and encourage activation of the Riverfront. Most notable is the $6.5m Covington Plaza, dedicated last summer. This was the area formerly known as Covington Landing, located in front of the RiverCenter Towers. It features two hiking and biking trails that link to the six-city Riverfront Commons trail system, two overlooks, canoe and kayak access, and a 1,350-seat amphitheater and event area. The project represents not only a dramatic physical transformation but also a core shift in Covington’s relationship with its riverfront and a new philosophy of public access. Almost immediately, the amphitheater was used for everything from a three-day taco festival to the weekly Luv The Cov Concert Series, to live theater performances by The Carnegie.
In addition, The City’s Parks and Recreation Commmission’s first designated dog park is close to happening near Mainstrasse Village. Demolition began on a 1 ½ acre complex next to Kenny Shields Park at Ninth and Philadelphia in January.
Southbank Partners continues to collaborate with the City on seeing further development near the river come to pass in the coming months and years including the NKY Convention Center expansion, the $31m Hayden at Roebling mixed-use development a few blocks away, as well as expanded walking and biking trails in Ludlow as Riverfront Commons lengthens.
Will Weber, President and CEO of Southbank Partners
Benjamin Oldiges, Division Manager for the City of Covington’s Parks and Recreation Department