3CDC has developed seven major public spaces in its 20-year history. The revitalization of these spaces has been vital to creating a welcoming urban core brimming with energy. From parks to performance venues to hardscapes/plazas, 3CDC's work reimagining these community gathering spaces has had a tremendous impact on the overall development of Downtown Cincinnati and OTR. Perhaps the most catalytic civic space project 3CDC has completed is Washington Park. Additional highlights of civic space development include Fountain Square, Ziegler Park, and Music Hall. In each case, 3CDC worked with the City of Cincinnati to enhance public funding with significant outside resources to transform dilapidated and underutilized public spaces into attractive amenities during the revitalization of the area.
The $48 million 2012 renovation and expansion of Washington Park was a public /private partnership among 3CDC, the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Park Board, and the Cincinnati corporate and philanthropic community. This partnership resulted in the transformation of Washington Park from 6 acres to an 8-acre urban sanctuary. In addition to becoming a stand-alone destination, the restoration and expansion of Washington Park compliments its surrounding amenities, including Music Hall, the new School for Creative & Performing Arts and on-going residential and commercial development around its edges. The Washington Park restoration included a 450-space underground parking garage, a performance stage, civic lawn, event plaza, interactive water feature with lights and sound, children’s playground, dog park, restored historic bandstand, seasonal planting beds, and a half-acre of meandering pathways through beautiful, mature landscaping. The Park will continue to attract more home owners, business owners and visitors to Over-the-Rhine from throughout the city, the region and the nation.