One of the things I love about my city is that we are constantly growing and improving. They recently completed work on the new Smale Riverfront Park that runs along the Ohio River. The park is great for families, runners, young adults and just about anyone else. There is something for everyone.
Smale park is a great option for families on a budget. While you may have to pay for parking you can spend all day at the park for free. I would love to pack a lunch the next time we go so that we can relax at one of the picnic tables or spread a blanket out on the grass.
Bubbadoodles favorite part of the park is most definitely the water features. The kid had a major fear of water (still hates pools and large bodies of water) up until we took him to the park one day before a Reds game. We had some time to kill and thought it would be nice to hang out on the large porch swings. Bubbadoodle spotted the water and you could tell he want to run through it with the other kids but that fear was getting the best of him.
The hubs noticed his apprehension and gently walked him over to the water and stuck his hand in one of the waterspouts. From then on he has had no trouble jumping right into the water every time we go to the park. It was a great moment to see him light up the way he did that day.
I love walking my dogs along the riverfront. I haven’t been able to do it much this summer because it has been way too hot for them but I know we will be spending a lot of time down there once it cools off. They love riding in my truck and then getting to meet all kinds of new people.
I can’t wait to take the kids to ride the Carol Ann Carousel once Roarinator gets a little bigger. The carousel is beautifully decorated with scenes from Cincinnati and most of the animals have something to tie them to the Cincinnati area. You can read more about that here.
Of course the park wouldn’t be complete without a playground for the kids. Only this playground is much more unique. It has slides but it also has a rope bridge, rock climbing wall, musical instruments and logs for climbing. Can’t forget the flying pig either!
I love that there is such a nice green space to enjoy right in the city and that the city is actually doing something to attract families again. I remember, as a kid, going downtown every holiday season to see all of the stores decorated for Christmas and to see the train display. Sadly, none of the stores are really decorated and the train display has been moved to the Museum Center. There just isn’t much drawing families to the downtown area anymore but I think Smale Riverfront Park is a great start. Hopefully, the city can do more to get families involved again.
If you are ever in Cincinnati you should definitely check out Smale Riverfront Park but just remember if you have little ones you should probably bring a change of clothes or a swimsuit!
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