Monday, May 14, 2001

RiverScape park to open in downtown Dayton

The Associated Press

        DAYTON — A phase of the city's development plan is scheduled to open Saturday, giving officials hope that more people will visit downtown.

        The $21.1 million RiverScape park will feature a fountain with water from the Great Miami and Mad rivers and interactive sculptures of Dayton-based inventions such as the cash register, the ice cube tray and the Wright Flyer III.

        “If (people) are made to feel safe and welcome and comfortable, you can't keep them away. It's just a natural lure,” said Dick Rigby, co-director of Waterfront Center, a consulting group based in Washington.

        RiverScape is one piece of a revitalization effort, with a baseball stadium open and a new performing arts center under way.


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