2018 Best Park in Ohio,
Time & Money Magazine
The historic Washington Park, the second oldest public park in Cincinnati, was revitalized into eight acres of historic, urban green space, creating a balance of old and new. Renovation and expansion of this historic park included a 37,000 SF civic lawn with an outdoor stage and lighting for concerts; an 18,000 SF playground; restoration of the historic bandstand with updated electric and sound systems; an interactive water feature; a 12,000 SF dog park; a concession/catering building; a restroom building; extensive landscaping; and a two-level, 450-space underground parking garage with a green roof. The existing trees and pastoral character of the southern half of the park was preserved, and existing historic columns and walls were salvaged and reused. The iconic bandstand in the heart of the park was restored and the space around it transformed with stone pavers and a canopy of lights. The park incorporated several sustainability/green design features, including the civic green roof on top of the garage, green roofs on all the new park buildings, and dry wells that direct storm water away from the combined sewer system and into the natural gravel and sand layers 25’-30’ below the surface.
Megen, in conjunction with their JV partner, provided preconstruction and construction management services utilizing a phased construction approach. Coordination was crucial on this occupied site, as not only is the site a public park, but it is also surrounded by active buildings including a performance theater, school and on-going residential and commercial developments. During construction, our project team sealed off portions of the park that were ongoing, while the rest of the park remained open to the public. We utilized barricades, signage, sign-in stations, and personnel to direct the public visitors. The project was completed on schedule for the grand opening celebration. Today, Washington Park hosts over 500 events annually, and is known as a gathering place for the community.