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Friday, June 26, 2020

Weekend Grand Openings in Newport: Bridgeview Box Park and Riverfront Commons Bridge

The new Bridgeview Box Park has had a "soft opening" for a few weeks but the owners are ready to celebrate big time with a Grand Opening event Saturday, June 27.

 by Robin Gee

Need a reason to get out in the fresh air this weekend? Newport is celebrating two grand openings with two ribbon cuttings and plenty of festivities on Saturday, June 27, down near the river at Newport on the Levee.

The events mark the opening of a new pedestrian bridge that will connect Newport on the Levee and the Taylor-Southgate Bridge, and the Bridgeview Box Park, a new outdoor retail, restaurant and entertainment park located at the Levee.

Here’s a quick glance at the schedule:

At 11:15 a.m. — City of Newport officials, Southbank Partners and members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Goverments (OKI) will gather to cut the ribbon on the new Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge.

At 11:45 a.m. — Officials from North American Properties (NAP), owners of Newport on the Levee, will be joined by Newport city officials to cut the ribbon for the Bridgeview Box Park.

All day, until 11 p.m. — Live music, great food and a chance to enjoy our region’s greatest asset – the Ohio River.

The Bridgeview Box Park

Completed this spring, the Bridgeview Box Park is located in the plaza next to Newport Aquarium. The space includes four shipping-like containers, an octagon-shaped structure and a food truck that houses restaurants and retail businesses as well as seating areas and a programmable entertainment space.

The Box Park has been open for a few weeks, allowing businesses time to set up and prepare for visitors. So far there are eight businesses. The facility is part of an overall development plan for Newport on the Levee by North American Properties.

"We are focused on redeveloping the Levee to better engage the riverfront and maximize the potential of its gathering spaces so that it becomes a true community destination," said Tim Perry, managing partner at NAP. "The opening of Bridgeview Box Park marks a major milestone in our efforts and is a great example of the types of experiences and programming we’re bringing to Newport."

The park is also a creative addition to the overall plan for developing the entire riverfront corridor known as “Riverfront Commons” and led by Southbank Partners along with city and state officials.

RELATED: Newport Levee Owners Get Creative with Bridgeview Box ParkThe Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge 

The Bridgeview Box Park overlooks the river and the Cincinnati skyline.

Outdoor fun for all ages at the Bridgeview Box Park

The Bridgeview Box Park and Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge add connectivity along the riverfront.


Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge

Kicking off events for the day on the Riverfront level of Newport on the Levee, will be the grand opening to celebrate the new Riverfront Commons Pedestrian Bridge connecting the area to the Taylor-Southgate Bridge. The goal of the Riverfront corridor is to create a walkable and bike friendly trail and recreation space connecting Northern Kentucky communities along the river.

The addition of the pedestrian bridge also opens up more pedestrian and bike access to all that downtown Cincinnati has to offer across the river.

Riverfront Commons is an 11.5 mile walking and biking path that runs along the Ohio River from the city of Ludlow on the west to the city of Ft. Thomas on the east. The project involves six riverfront cities and focuses on eco-system restoration and riverside stabilization, economic development and recreation.

What’s in store at the Bridgeview Box Park

The Box Park’s eight local restaurants and retailers are now fully open and operational. They include:

  • Kon Tiki, a laid-back tiki bar serving exotic tiki drinks in a comfortable and eclectic setting.
  • Ché on Wheels, a food truck version of the Argentinian restaurant located in Over the Rhine (OTR), offers handmade empanadas in multiple varieties and fresh beverages.
  • The Little Spoon Bakery and Café, a bakery by Courtney Augsback specializing in custom sugar cookies and baked goods, is located in the “Octagon” adjacent to the Newport Aquarium. Little Spoon serves Carabello coffee and a full-range of espresso drinks and beverages.
  • Bon Mi Street, an Asian street food eatery with a unique spin on the traditional banh mi sandwich and refreshing milk tea with a variety of toppings.
  • Leaf & Limb, an exotic boutique featuring indoor plants and curated goods from local and worldwide artisans.
  • Farmhouse Lemonade, a food truck specializing in hand-crafted, freshly squeezed lemonade in 10 to 15 flavors.
  • Wooden Cask Brewing, a craft beer purveyor founded by a husband and wife duo. Wooden Cask has a special focus on English, Scottish and Irish-style beers, as well as non-beer options.
  • Second Sight Spirits, a local distillery specializing in bourbon, rum and moonshine. Signature cocktails include the smoked cherry rum limeade, black and blueberry mixed mojitos and the “Levee Tea,” a bourbon mixed with blueberry iced tea.

For more on the Bridgeview Box Park and other plans for the development, see the Newport on the Levee website. For information on the Riverfront Commons Plan, see the Southbank Partners website.

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