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Scioto Greenways

Reviving the Scioto River corridor in the heart of Columbus

  • 33

    Acres New Park Land

  • $35M

    Project Value

  • 7,000

    Linear Feet

  • Columbus, Ohio

    Columbus, Ohio

Creating a stunning 33-acre greenway and restoring the river through the heart of downtown Columbus

In Columbus, Ohio, the Main Street Dam had—over the course of time—altered the natural channel and over-widened the river, damaging river health. We were brought in to lead a multidisciplinary team that would design and oversee the removal of the dam and restore the impacted reach of the Scioto River.

Working closely with the City of Columbus and the project’s landscape architects, we designed the dam removal, river restoration, multi-use trail connections, and public spaces. We coordinated with numerous local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that the final project met all requirements as well as the client’s expectations. The dam was removed and 7,000 linear feet of river was restored, while reducing its width from 550 to 220 feet.

The new riverbanks and restored river channel provide additional recreation options, as well as opportunities to further leverage existing investments in the area through the creation of a stunning 33-acre greenway through Downtown Columbus.

At a Glance

ACEC, Ohio, Engineering Excellence Awards, Grand Award Winner, 2017
ACEC, Engineering Excellence Awards, Honor Award, 2017
APWA Public Works Project of the Year, Environment Category, 2016

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