When Columbus Commons and The Scioto Mile were created, $400 million in private development quickly followed. Armed with this experience and a successful model for attracting investment to a blighted district, CDDC set out to revitalize the Scioto Peninsula - naturally the plans included a park.
Prioritized by the 2010 Downtown Strategic Plan, CDDC began construction a 6.5-acre park and 600-space underground parking garage in September 2016. Located directly west of Columbus' dynamic Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the plans included themed gardens, a play area for children, and a plaza with a café and a fountain.
The Scioto Peninsula Park & Garage opened to the public in November 2017, coinciding with the debut of the American Museum of Natural History at COSI – additions that will highlight the neighborhood as a cultural destination, attracting residents and visitors to Downtown.
Adding meaningful green space in front of the top-rated science museum and adjacent to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum created a welcoming entryway into Downtown's next great neighborhood – the Scioto Peninsula. As early as winter 2018, Buckingham Companies will begin construction on new residential, retail and office space on the park’s western border. Soon it will be home to an 18-hour, mixed-use district, anchored by the new green space and cultural amenities.