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More swings for Smale Riverfront Park

Mark Heyne

The number of porch swings at Smale Riverfront Park is about to increase. 

The first set were opened in 2013, financed by a $250,000 donation from Dianne and J. David Rosenberg.  And the couple has made another, larger, gift for another set of swings.

According to Cincinnati Parks’ spokesperson Manda Hurdelbrink, the Rosenberg’s donated $750,000 for 13 more family-sized swings to be built on the west side of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and south of Mehring Way.  The swings will be part of the Great Lawn, which is still under construction.

Hurdelbrink says the donation will cover the foundation and lighting, along with the swings.  The first set of swings, east of the Roebling bridge, were part of the Duke Energy Garden.

“David and I really had no concept of how much pleasure these swings could give to our community,” Dianne Rosenberg said in a press release.  “We wanted to further that joy; and we are fortunate to have this park that is coming alive right in front of us.”

The Rosenberg Swings (West) will be opened after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 15.  Starting in May, Cincinnati Parks plans to open different sections of the Smale Riverfront Park, including a carousel, a new playground, a rose garden, and more fountains.