The Grand Reopening of Washington Park

Washington Park‘s ribbon cutting ceremony and grand reopening yesterday was a resounding success. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people braved the 100°+ heat and enjoyed a beautiful day of fun in the sun and shade – at the dog park, around the bandstand, reclining on cool grass under old growth trees, playing in the children’s playground, on the civic lawn, and in the musical fountains.

The park will host regularly scheduled events such as Bandstand Bluegrass, Jazz in the Park, Friday Flow, Dog Programs at the dog park, Curiosity SaturdaysDate NightsCincinnati Sports Kickball League and the monthly City Flea curated urban flea markets.  Other upcoming special events include the Over the Rhine’s free concert on the Civic Lawn July 22, the rare free joint performance by the Cincinnati Pops, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Ballet that has been dubbed “A Performance Unlike Any Other” August 3, and the Cincinnati Celtic Festival September 15-16. Washington Park will also serve as a venue for the 2012 MidPoint Music Festival September 27-29.

Map of Washington Park, credit: Cincinnati.com…

Special thanks to 3CDC, the City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Parks, the design team and construction crews, and everyone who volunteered their time to make Washington Park a premier urban space for all people.

Mayor Mark Mallory at Washington Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Here are the remarks by officials before the official ribbon cutting:

Washington Park Ribbon Cutting, photo by Sara Bedinghaus

Japanese children’s choir from Cincinnati’s sister city Gifu, Japan – photo via twitter user paigemalott

Washington Park, photo by Cincinnati Opera

Washington Park Grand Opening, photo by Taste of Belgium

Washington Park Grand Opening, photo by OTR Chamber of Commerce

Interactive fountains at Washington Park, photo by Donna Covrett

Washington Park Grand Opening, photo by Cincinnati Parks

Children playing in the Washington Park fountains

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Washington Park Grand Opening by twitter user paigemalott

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The view up Pleasant Street toward Findlay Market via instagram user ianxharris

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“It’s a brand new day” by instagram user jenlkessler

Horse and dog cooling off, via instagram user cramer

The view of Music Hall, via by instagram user laurenw224

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Washington Park at night, via James Jenkins

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Washington Park, photo by Christel Brooks

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Click each image to see photo credits. Thanks to all twitter, facebook and instagram users for sharing their beautiful pictures from this fantastic event!

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