Improvements to Miamisburg’s Riverfront Park to launch in 2023

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Riverfront Park, centrally across the Great Miami River in Miamisburg, is undergoing an overhaul which is the final step before a contractor is selected and construction begins. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Riverfront Park, centrally across the Great Miami River in Miamisburg, is undergoing an overhaul which is the final step before a contractor is selected and construction begins. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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By 2010, the property had been acquired and turned into usable park space, he said. In 2016, Miamisburg updated the original master plan to reduce its size, scope, and cost. At that time, it was an $8 million park project, Davis said.

“That’s what gave impetus to the Water Street improvements,” he said.

Since then, Miamisburg has installed a wading pool and restroom building, and continues to work toward finalizing the park project, he said. To date, Miamisburg has spent about $5.7 million on the project, including $2.2 million in grants through Clean Ohio and other grants, Davis said.

In 2020, the city entered into an agreement with West Chester Twp.-based Kleingers Group to work on the City Park Master Plan as well as other park design updates.

“We chose Kleingers in this process because they have a variety of services in their repertoire, and they’re a great local company that has a lot of expertise in civil engineering, landscape architecture, all the different pieces that we are looking for when we implement a park project,” Davis said.

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The Miamisburg City Council recently voted to approve spending of $329,400 for Kleingers Group to the completion of a schematic design, engineering and construction documentation phase. This marks the final step before a contractor can be selected and construction can begin on the project, according to the city.

Miamisburg Mayor Michelle Collins said the improvements were “very significant.”

“The park’s master plan has been in the works for over 20 years,” Collins said. “Completely, the park will never be cheaper than in years past. It is time to make the vision a reality for all of our citizens.

Construction costs are estimated at $4.5 million and $4.7 million and will be included in the 2023 capital improvement program, according to the city. Construction is expected to last between 9 and 18 months.

The city’s objective is not to cancel any event at waterfront park following construction, Davis said.

“Some events may need to be changed, maybe moved,” he said. “It is still quite early to have definitive answers on specific events.”

While working with Kleingers, the Parks and Recreation Department surveyed community members about what they were looking for in the Riverfront Park project, Davis said.

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About 65% of respondents said they visit the park at least once a month and 49% said they go several times a month, he said.

“It’s a heavily used park in its current state,” Davis said. “They almost always visit downtown – 94% – before or after their visit to Riverfront Park. The purpose of Riverfront Park was part of downtown revitalization. To date, the park as it exists has contributed to this process, but we are now looking to complete this project. »

Visitors come to the park to attend events, eat and drink outdoors and access amenities, like the bike path, he said.

Deciding which of the park elements takes precedence was based on the rankings that were part of that survey, he said.

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