For more than a decade, Five Rivers MetroParks has been part of the development team steadily working to improve the Downtown Dayton area by providing a unique mix of recreation choices at Riverscape, including bike rentals, yoga in the pavilion and an ice skating rink. On July 8, they had a “water-breaking” to commemorate the beginning of construction on one of the most sought after developments thus far, Riverscape River Run, which will allow residents to kayak and fish on the Great Miami River.
LJB was a team member on the design of the project, which will open seven miles of waterway from Eastwood MetroPark and the Mad River Run through downtown and further south to Carillon Park and the University of Dayton.
“RiverScape River Run remains among the most impactful projects planned for our region,” said Ms. Carrie Scarff, Deputy Director, Five Rivers MetroParks. “It was identified as a high-priority project in the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan because of its potential to create a vibrant sense of place along the downtown riverfront, to improve economic vitality and to help regional businesses attract and retain top talent.”
Construction requires the removal of a low dam and construction of two native-limestone structures that span the river. Each structure will have two passageways: one smooth-water passageway for novice paddlers and one whitewater play feature for more experienced paddlers. One of the structures will be located near Riverscape to complement the existing bikeway activity.
Serving as a sub to Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP), LJB provided survey, civil and structural engineering services to the project. “It’s very exciting to be part of this project,” said Shelby Ingle, P.E., LJB’s project manager for the work. “It’s something new for the area that will have a lasting, positive impact.”
Close to $4 million was raised from local governments, citizens and foundations to fund the project. Construction is expected to be complete in one year.