MAIN STREET DAM REMOVAL FEASIBILITY STUDY
Columbus is in the midst of a riverfront renaissance. Beginning with North Bank Park in 2004, and continuing with the opening of the Scioto Mile and the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, the downtown riverfront has been transformed. The 2010 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan built on this momentum by proposing the removal of the Main Street Dam and the creation of a greenway along the Scioto River as the beginning of a new green corridor through the heart of the city.
The Scioto Greenways Feasibility Study explores the environmental, engineering, and land planning challenges associated with removal of the dam. The study provides a technical solution that meets these challenges and shows how a naturalized river corridor and parkland will enable Downtown to truly embrace the Scioto River. Proposed improvements focus on new greenways on both sides of the river that would tie into the existing Downtown and regional bikeway system and transition to naturalized river edge conditions designed to restore river habitat and withstand flood events.The removal of the Main Street Low-head Dam would create 33 acres of new green space that connects Downtown to the river and the Scioto Peninsula and is an important first step in carrying out the vision of a restored river corridor through Downtown Columbus and beyond.