The Scioto Mile riverfront premiered last night and with it the AEP Fountain in Bicentennial Park covering 15,000 square feet, holding 110,000 gallons of water, and shooting jets 75 feet into the air from its circular center blossom.
At night, the fountain becomes even more spectacular, enhanced by mood lighting and 1,110 fog nozzles. But that’s not all. There is the redesigned Bicentennial Park; the city’s new riverfront restaurant; a permanent bandshell and amphitheatre; and a promenade– a narrow, column-lined 1,200-foot walkway that stretches from the Broad Street Bridge to the Rich Street Bridge and is accented with numerous trellises, 24 benches, 12 swings and dozens of smaller, less-conspicuous fountains and water features. Two pavilions with copper roofs provide cover for chess tables and chairs.
Mayor Coleman, during the opening activities, called this $44 million addition to the inner city landscape the official transfer from “cow-town to cool-town.” Rhythm on the River shows planned include bluegrass virtuoso Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Aug. 12), the organ-grooving Tony Monaco Trio (Aug. 26) and a special BalletMet performance (Sept. 2). Saturday will debut the Movies on the Mile series at dusk with a showing of 2010′s Despicable Me. E.T. comes back to town on July 15, The Pink Panther on July 29, Inception on Aug. 5 and Toy Story 3 on Aug. 19. It’s great to see the riverfront development across the way from our studios at COSI!
Our special congratulations to WOSU Friends Board member and AEP Vice President Dale Heydlauff who worked full time with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, leading efforts to gain public and private sector support for Scioto Mile.