Scioto Greenways Project
“We see the Scioto Greenways as an extension of the Scioto Mile; an extension of our ability as a Recreation and Parks Department to have a significant impact on the quality of life and economic success of the city. This impact can only happen with proper maintenance, creative programming and innovative marketing, which requires resources,” said Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Director Tony Collins. “We have made personnel, supply and equipment additions to our 2016 budget request to ensure the Scioto Mile and Greenways are successful. It’s important for our stakeholders, including citizens, to understand the return on this investment; it is the value of what we do as your Recreation and Parks Department.”
The Scioto Greenways project created 33 acres of new parkland and 1.5 miles of multi-use trails that connect the Scioto Mile network of parks. In addition to expanded active and passive park space, visitors now have easy access to the river and three launch points for hand-powered watercraft.
The project, which came out of the City’s riverfront planning process in 2010, was completed in 2015, and continues to be an area of focus. In addition to connecting paths and trails within the Scioto Mile, the Scioto Greenways project is intended to connect the entirety of the downtown riverfront, from Scioto Audubon Metro Park to The Ohio State University.