As the old saying goes, “neither rain nor snow…” nor chilly temperatures will keep fans away. This year, March 28 was sunny and fans filled Freedom Way, Nuxhall Way, and spilled over to Smale Riverfront Park to support and celebrate our hometown team. The 104th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade routed floats and marching bands from Findlay Market down Race Street and east on Fifth Street.

From there, baseball fans had a short walk to Great American Ball Park, the Reds Museum and Hall of Fame, and all the entertainment venues at The Banks. To top it off, the Reds chalked up their first win, 8 to 1 over the Washington Nationals.


She escaped from slavery in the South. She became a leading abolitionist before the Civil War. She guided 70 enslaved people to freedom in the North, along the Underground Railroad network of safe houses. She spied on the Confederate Army and after the Civil War, became involved in the women’s suffrage movement. She was Harriet Tubman.

Born in Maryland in 1820 as Araminta Ross, she later took her mother’s name of Harriet. During the Civil War, Harriet was a scout, nurse, and laundress for Union forces in South Carolina. Her aid to the Union Army helped ensure the defeat of slavery.

On March 4, elected officials and leaders of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center cut the ribbon to welcome the 11-foot bronze statue honoring Harriet Tubman. Titled “The Beacon of Hope,” the sculpture features Tubman lifting her right hand to the sky to represent the North Star.

Hamilton County Commission president Alicia Reece; Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval; Vice Mayor Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney; Procter & Gamble Chief Communications Officer Damon Jones; Freedom Center Curator Stephanie Lampkin, Ph.D.; City Council members Anna Albi and Meeka Owens, and U.S. Rep. Greg Landsman joined the Freedom Center’s CEO Woody Keown to cut the ribbon on the entry plaza where the statue and plaque describing it are displayed.

The artist is Wesley Wofford, FNSS. His sculpture is characterized by a dynamic use of form and texture, designed to provoke passionate response. The statue is on display until April 30.


Without the parking infrastructure—including the Transit Center and the Central Riverfront Garage—the development itself would lie in the flood plain and be susceptible to damage from a rising Ohio River. Instead, the Central Riverfront Garage (CRG) was designed and built to be “flood resilient.” When heavy rains create rising river levels, the CRG can be secured to control the amount of water entering the garage and support clean up after the weather event. While not “flood proof,” the structure is designed to limit damage and facilitate efficient clean up from the elements.

The parking guidance system (now being installed) will provide a red/green/blue light notification to drivers entering the CRG. All spaces will be marked with a light that will turn red when the space is occupied, green if available, and blue if a handicap space is available. By providing information on the number of spaces per section (and floor), this system will save drivers time searching for an open space, and allow them to proceed to their destination at The Banks. Completion of the installation and activation of the system is scheduled for late third/early fourth quarter.

parking spots

accessible spots

7 EV charging stations

Awards & Recognition

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Current Events

1: Flowers bloom in Smale Riverfront Park! More 2: The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame maintenance and operations site walk. More

3: Parking guidance system installation gets underway in the Central Riverfront Garage (CRG). More 4: Paycor Stadium Plaza enters demolition phase prior to design improvements for greater access and smoother pedestrian traffic flow.

5: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade drew spectators along Freedom Way. 6: The January Polar Plunge benefited Special Olympics. More 7: Moms and children enjoy walking paths in Smale Riverfront Park. More

What’s Next


Baseball Season is in Full Swing
Head down to Great American Ball Park and cheer on the Reds! More

Celebrating Arbor Day
Nature-based activities for the whole family on Schmidlapp Lawn! More


The Flying Pig Marathon
USA Today’s Reader’s Choice #1 Marathon in the U. S. begins and ends at The Banks on May 5th. More

Garage Improvements
The installation of the innovative parking guidance system continues in Cincinnati Riverfront Garage.

Rockin’ the Roebling
The Thursday night concert series begins on May 16th at Schmidlapp Event Lawn and Concert Stage in Smale Riverfront Park. More


Smale Family Fun Days
Enjoy family fun in and around The Schmidlapp Event Lawn on the first Thursday of each month from June through August. More

Outdoor Concerts at Andrew J. Brady Music Center
The first of many outdoor concerts takes place on the ICON Festival Stage in Smale Riverfront Park. More

Music at the Esplanade
Enjoy free live music each and every Saturday night through the summer at the Esplanade in Smale Riverfront Park. More

Q1 2024 Economic Inclusion Appendices

Q1 2024 Budget Appendices

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

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