The RiversEdge project represents a unique brownfield redevelopment opportunity on the 7.3 acre vacant site of the former Sisters of Mercy Hospital, which operated on the site for 109 years, from 1892 to 2001.
The RiversEdge Park and Amphitheater Project is located along the City of Hamilton’s beautiful riverfront, nestled between downtown and the German Village Historic District. RiversEdge is a riverfront public park that offers a vibrant urban location for outdoor recreation, live entertainment and an enhanced view of the river. For rental rates call the Hamilton Parks Conservancy at (513) 785-7055.
Phase 1 of the development is the RiversEdge Amphitheater and Overlook. It was completed in September 2013. Phase 1 includes:
RiversEdge public park
Great Miami Recreational Trail extension
Trailhead facility with restrooms and bike parking
Steps oriented toward the river overlook/amphitheater
RiversEdge Amphitheater hosts events throughout the year and is available to be rented. It is home to the very popular Summer Concert Series, which brings thousands of people to downtown Hamilton to enjoy live music.
Ohio Department of Transportation - $707,000
Hamilton Community Foundation - $178,000
Ohio Department of Natural Resources - $100,000
Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission - $100,000
City of Hamilton (CDBG and NSP) - $783,000
Mercy Health Foundation (future tensile structure) - $250,000
The City is excited to build on the success of RiversEdge Amphitheater and Overlook to develop the next phase of the park. In 2014, the City, in conjunction with MKSK Design firm, has developed a Master Plan for the remaining portion of the development site, located at the former Mercy Hospital site downtown.
The master plan includes an assortment of amenities to activate the park at various times with diverse offerings. A wide sidewalk winds through the park, designed to be accessible to food trucks and similar users for community events. An interactive fountain is situated on the northeast corner of the site, a children’s playscape is on the northwest corner, and the site includes many gathering places through strategically placed seating options.