The Banks Project September/October Report

2020: September & October   Progress

Workers install waterproofing for tree wells for an expanded Smale Riverfront Park cover). Crews work on pouring and smoothing concrete for the Race Street turnaround (above).
  • Phase IIIB construction progress—including public infrastructure, expanded Smale Riverfront Park, and construction on the ICON Music Center—continued throughout September and October.
  • Variable Message Signage and digital matrix board installations were activated throughout the Riverfront.
  • Retail, entertainment, and dining establishments located at The Banks continued operations in accordance with government mandates for health and safety; this meant expanding the outdoor service footprint.
  • Cincinnati Parks Foundation “Hats Off Luncheon”—postponed from May to October—became a “virtual picnic.”
  • CB Connector resumed operations in September as a fare-free service.
  • Cincinnati Reds closed out their abbreviated season and made the playoffs.
  • Cincinnati Bengals played home games: one in September (without fans present) and two in October (with limited fan attendance).
  • The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center re-opened in-exhibit theaters and the Implicit Bias Learning Lab in October.

We invite you to visit Cincinnati’s riverfront often in 2020!

Project Pillars


Percentage of workforce living within the 26-county Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area*


* There are no local residency participation goals for the project.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Goal/participation varied by
project, between 4% and 9%.

Combined Minority and Women Workforce Participation

Female: 0.29%
Minority: 16.1%


Public Parties construction safety hours for all phases.


The Public Parties project work remained within budget.


All Public Parties work  remained on schedule.












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Public Partnership

The elevator enclosure (from Central Riverfront Garage below) rises against a backdrop of the ICON Music Center.
Surveyor lays out new granite stairs at Race Street, in the shadow of the ICON Music Center.
Workers make progress on construction of the Race Street turnaround.
Crews build wells for trees that will form part of the Smale Riverfront Park extension.
September brought the CB Connector back into full operation, with extra safety precautions in place and all rides free.
New signage alerts parkers to real time information about availability and daily pricing (Transit Center West entrance).
Joe Nuxhall Way garage entrance sports newly activated signage.


Workers install the exterior system for cladding on the ICON Music Center.
ICON Music Center rises as a recognizable landmark on the riverfront.
Pies & Pints offers outdoor seating to attract customers.
Additional tented, pop-up seating for customers of Stretch lines Freedom Way.
Fishbowl patrons enjoy Oktoberfest ‘Zelebration’ along Freedom Way in September.


An autumn view of the Rose Garden, against a background of the ICON Music Center.
Impromptu jam session pops up along Mehring Way at the foot of the Walnut Street Fountain and Stairs.
Sunny fall days are perfect for a walk in Smale Riverfront Park.
The Rosenberg Swings offer great views of the Ohio River and the Roebling Bridge.
Looking west offers a view of the planned expansion of John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park.
Smale Riverfront Park boasts colorful foliage just west of Moerlein Lager House and Great American Ball Park.
The Ohio River Walk hugs the river’s edge while offering great views of the east and Newport, KY.
Smale Park West in all her golden fall splendor!

What‘s Next

For more information: Phil Beck, AIA, LEED AP Project Executive The Banks Project (513) 946-4434