Scioto Mile

Scioto Mile Columbus, Ohio

Services Provided

Master Planning
Urban Park Design
Construction Documentation

People Involved

Darren Meyer
Tim Schmalenberger
Karen McCoy
John Petrushka


2017 ULI Columbus Awards for Excellence Community Impact Award, Downtown Riverfront
2016 APA National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation, Downtown Columbus Riverfront
2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award Finalist
2012 Columbus Landmarks Foundation James B. Recchie Design Award
2012 IDA Pinnacle Award for Excellence
2011 OCASLA Award of Excellence
2011 OPRA Award of Excellence
2011 Columbus Downtown Commission Harrison W. Smith Award
2011 Capital Crossroads SID Outstanding Aesthetic Contribution

Plan Documents

Downtown Riverfront Case Study

The new riverfront promenade and bicentennial park that inspired a city to reengage with its riverfront.

Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile connects North Bank Park to Bicentennial Park  through a pedestrian-friendly Promenade that runs south on Civic Center Drive from Broad Street to the Main Street Bridge. Intimate garden plantings, comfortable seating areas, relaxing park swings, and elegant bronze fish fountains have made it the most romantic place to watch a sunset in Central Ohio.

The historic Bicentennial Park space is reinvented and features a restaurant, amphitheater, rose garden, and signature dynamic fountain, which offers numerous water play experiences. During the evening, LED lights and a projector system display images on the fountain, adding drama to the downtown skyline. The amphitheater and event lawn are used for weekend activities such as movies in the park and concerts. Green infrastructure components have contributed to the success of the Scioto Mile. By removing 1,000-linear-feet of concrete revetment and deteriorating floodwall, three acres of parkland were recovered and 600-linear-feet of bio-retention were installed to improve water quality and enhance river edge restoration.


The Scioto Mile set the stage for the Scioto Greenways project, which unearthed another 33 acres of greenspace and returned the river to its natural flow.