Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex
Cincinnati Recreation Commission / Cincinnati Park Board / Hamilton County Park District
Located along the Little Miami River, The Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Recreation Complex is a ninety-seven acre park designed to accommodate a mix of active and passive recreational activities. Active recreational amenities include seven soccer fields, paved biking and skating paths, structured playgrounds, two dog parks, and a canoe livery at the river.
Passive areas include picnic shelters and a picnic grove, walking paths with river overlooks, and a fishing pier at the river. A pair of buildings occupies the center of the site: one opaque and representing the present; the other transparent and representing the past. The opaque building contains concessions and restrooms; the transparent building shelters a picnic area and features a working, yet free-standing, fireplace and chimney; recalling freestanding fireplaces seen standing after a fire.
Being in a floodplain, the park was designed, and native plantings selected, to accommodate the seasonal flooding conditions of the Little Miami River. Ironically, the completion of the project was delayed because of significant springtime flooding. As a result, landscaping and turf installation was completed in the fall growing season.