Bill gives $15M for improvements to popular Cincinnati park


CINCINNATI (AP) — A water infrastructure bill that includes $15 million for improvements to a Cincinnati park has been passed by Congress and awaits the president’s signature.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/2gVJYod ) the bill would authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the viability of new “flood risk reduction, ecosystem restoration and recreation components” at the John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park.

The federal funding requires a $15 million match from other sources.

The $120 million park opened in 2012. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Parks officials say the money could be used to build a tree lawn atop a parking garage and a hard edge or wall on the Ohio River to prevent erosion.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com