Fountain Square, located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, has created a true sense of place while making a more attractive, cohesive and vibrant center for pedestrians to gather, interact and enjoy the downtown. Integral to the revitalization of Fountain Square is the social programming of the space—it has become the downtown’s center for social and cultural events, festivals, meeting, dining and entertainment. This vibrant plaza has attracted new retail and dining establishments that, in turn, increase participation and attendance for park programming. The completion of Fountain Square’s revitalization has restored the plaza to its rightful place in Cincinnati’s civic life. In the relocated fountain’s new, sunny location, it remains the centerpiece yet makes the Square more inviting by opening up the space for events and seating. The addition of park-like planting honors the site’s history as a traditional meeting place by making it more alluring and hospitable to the public. Additional trees along the streetscape line its urban edge, replacing the existing imposing concrete.
Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation
Key Team Members
Lucinda Sanders, Partner-in-Charge
Josh Leaskey, Landscape Designer
2009, International Economic Development Council Public-Private Partnership for Downtown Revitalization Award