Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point
This twenty-two acre riverfront park was Cincinnati’s bicentennial project. Built upon a reclaimed steel scrap yard on the banks of the Ohio River, this public park and recreation complex includes the Procter and Gamble Performance Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater, skating rink, boat house, tennis courts, children’s play area, fitness course, historic river walk, and dining plaza. Completed in 1988, the project won the National Excellence on the Waterfront Grand Award from the Waterfront Center, Washington D.C.
The pavilion is a performance stage designed to accommodate a 100 piece symphonic performance and amplified musical performances. The Great Lawn has a seating capacity of 7,000. The tensile structure covering is designed to provide stage protection and sound projection for acoustic performances and is capable of removal during river flooding condition.
The outdoor rink is in an elliptical shape supported by a clubhouse with concession area and restrooms. Above the concessions area is a large green roof with a gated overlook
The tennis facility has nine hard surface tennis courts supported by a tennis center with restrooms and pro shop. The design included an exhibition court with fixed grandstand seating.
The volleyball facility was designed to provide three sand volleyball courts for league and exhibition play. The design also considers players’ comfort by including outdoor shower facilities for sand removal.