GRANTS FOR COVINGTON & DAYTON ANNOUNCED BY GOV. BESHEAR

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Joyce Joyce McMullin in Projects
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STATEMENT FROM SOUTHBANK PARTNERS PRESIDENT JACK MORELAND ON GRANTS FOR COVINGTON AND DAYTON ANNOUNCED BY GOV. BESHEAR

“It’s a grand day for our river cities. With the grants announced today by Gov. Beshear, we are able to put more pieces in place for additional phases of Riverfront Commons, the nearly 12-mile walking and biking path being developed along Northern Kentucky’s riverfront by Southbank Partners. We’ve been able to secure funding and projects for other Southbank cities, and today it is a chance for Covington and Dayton to join in that success.

“We are truly grateful for the tremendous support Riverfront Commons and Southbank have received from Gov. Beshear and his administration. Without his support and the support of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, none of this would have been possible.”

Jack Moreland, President

Southbank Partners

jmoreland@southbankpartners.com

859-655-7700

RIVERFRONT COMMONS

Proposed and spearheaded by Southbank Partners, the first phase of Riverfront Commons opened in June of 2014. It features a pedestrian bridge that connects Newport on the Levee and the Purple People Bridge to a walking path atop the Newport floodwall that runs east of the Levee to the I-471 bridge toward Bellevue.

Once completed, Riverfront Commons will make the south bank of the Ohio the most interesting walkway/bikeway in the mid-west. Riverfront Commons will seamlessly connect over the Purple People Bridge to trails in Cincinnati, to the Licking River Greenway in Northern Kentucky, and to Devou Park in Covington.

The 15-20 foot wide path will feature open park space at strategic points along the river, accommodating both walkers and bikers. A series of points of access, or nodes, will provide easy linkage to neighborhood, residential, business, entertainment and historic districts. The major benefits of the project are eco-system restoration, riverside stabilization, economic development and recreation.

About Southbank Partners

Southbank Partners is a coalition of government, business and community leaders in the Northern Kentucky Ohio River cities of Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow, Newport and Fort Thomas. It serves as a community and economic development organization that coordinates activity with the cities that lie along Northern Kentucky's bank of the Ohio River. Our purpose is to help the cities in any way we can, but especially through promoting and coordinating development activities, fostering teamwork and collaboration, and providing a unified voice for the partner cities in advocating common positions to state and federal governments, as well as to other communities. For more information visit www.SouthbankPartners.com