River Run Project gets closer to fundraising goal

RiverScape MetroPark, just across the river from McPherson Town, has been so successful in bringing people to the river. Now, River Run will get people into the river. Backers of the project to remake the Great Miami River downtown into a water recreation attraction say they’ve raised $3.8 million and will now seek cash contributions from the public to raise the remaining $200,000.

UPDATE! On Oct. 25, 2012 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership announced that the $4 million goal has been met! Construction begins in 2013.

McPherson Town could have a front seat to river changes

In cooperation with the Miami Conservancy District, City of Dayton and Montgomery County (and as part of the ‘Rivers, Cycling & Active Lifestyle committee of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan), Five Rivers MetroParks has just announced its proposal to remove the Monument Avenue low dam and install two grade-control whitewater/bypass “canoe” channels that will make the Great Miami River navigable through downtown and past Carillon Park.

If plans are realized, a river access point and parking may be added to McPherson Town as soon as 2013.

Before the project can proceed, agreements would be reached with the Miami Conservancy District and city of Dayton. Permits will have to be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Permitting will take at least a year.

For more info, check out this article on Dayton Most Metro

Sound walls: A holiday gift for McPherson Town

Proposed sound wall rendering

View before sound wall construction

The Ohio Department of Transportation has recently finished erecting noise abatement walls along I-75 on the west and north borders of McPherson Town. These solid noise walls not only reduced the sound from passing traffic, they also look great and give the neighborhood a cozy feel.

The relief on the I-75 side has the greatest depth (3 inches). This is because the wall is viewed at higher speeds by vehicular traffic. The pedestrian side has a shallower relief (½ inch). This is because local and pedestrian traffic views the wall at slower speeds and there is the possibility of the wall being obscured by vegetation. This concept was reached by concensus between ODOT and Dayton city officials.

Final Sound Walls

The walls not only reduce noise by up to ten decibels — an audible halving of the noise — but help to block dirt from the road.

McPherson Town thanks ODOT and the City of Dayton for their cooperation in getting the walls in place!