Ohio awards $152 million to transform riverfront communities

May 30, 2024

The state of Ohio is investing $152 million into 21 waterfront development projects to increase access to local waterways, revitalize historic downtown areas and promote tourism and recreation opportunities. The projects will connect rivers to downtown spaces, redevelop downtown streetscapes, increase community riverfront walkability and improve boat ramps, docks and parks.

The city of Portsmouth will spend $34.2 million to redevelop and improve the local riverfront. Plans include building outdoor parks, recreational amenities, murals and an amphitheater. The city will also install a fishing pier, campsites and improve connectivity between its economic center to the river.

The village of Ripley will receive the second highest award – $16.4 million – to build a public gathering space on the riverfront. The gathering space will be among a series of improvements to enhance public accessibility to village amenities. Some of these amenities include historic sites including the Underground Railroad.

The village of New Richmond will use $13.5 million to redevelop Liberty Landing, creating additional recreation space. Plans include building a river marina, a trail providing waterfront access and an amphitheater. The village will also connect the U.S. 52 bike trail, install a natural landscape terrace and build sidewalks.

The projects are part of the state’s Appalachian Wonderful Waterfronts Initiatives program, funded through the Appalachian Community Grant Program. The $500 million program supports planning and development for communities in the state’s Appalachian region.

The grants help local governments, schools and nonprofits complete projects that redevelop downtown areas, improve connecting trails, build outdoor community space, build workforce infrastructure and invest in services addressing children’s health.

Photo courtesy of the village of Ripley

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