The new Dublin park along the Scioto River could have climbing walls, an ice-skating rink, river access and other offerings.

The new Dublin park along the Scioto River could have climbing walls, an ice-skating rink, river access and other offerings.

The public will get a chance to offer opinions about the final draft of the master plan of the park taking shape on the east and west banks of the Scioto River during an open house slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

The final draft plan shows a naturalized area on the west side of the Scioto River with connections to the Indian Run greenway, water access and trails.

The proposal for the east side of the park has a pavilion, outdoor ice skating, rock climbing and areas for public gatherings and events.

Both sides will have a public plaza that will serve as a landing for the pedestrian bridge.

Matt Earman, Dublin's director of parks and recreation, said residents have had chances to provide input about the parks since 2013 through workshops and meetings.

"By in large this is the original design concept presented to council in 2013," he said.

"We've had a lot of positive comments from the community."

An ice rink was added to keep the park in use year-round and residents have been asking for climbing walls as well.

Residents also asked for an outdoor entertainment venue.

"People want a concert venue," Earman said.

"It will be smaller. There will be outdoor fitness programming."

Not all resident ideas made it into the final draft plan, including an idea for a zip line.

Earman said he is hoping the March 28 open house will help city officials get final input about the plan before taking it to Dublin City Council for adoption.

"It's really more of an informal open house," said Sarah McQuaide, Dublin public information officer.

"Around 6:15 p.m., a little after it starts there will be a short presentation," McQuaide said.

"Someone will speak about the background, all the input and planning that's happened up to date."

After the open house, Earman said, the plan will go to council for adoption and then design can begin.

"Right now we have funding in the Capital Improvements Program," he said.

"The funding there is more of a preliminary estimate of where we know things to be now."

The pedestrian bridge has about $22.4 million set aside in the Capital Improvements Program, or CIP, and the riverside parks have $12.1 million scheduled through 2020.

The design of the pedestrian bridge is underway and construction is expected to start next year.

"That's the trigger we need to start building the plazas on both sides (of the river)," Earman said.

"There is no need to build a bridge unless there is somewhere to go."

Earman anticipated the construction of the bridge and plazas to take 18 to 24 months. Then more work on the park can be done.

"We do anticipate the bridge and plaza to be accessible before completion of the park," Earman said.

The park could be completed by 2021.

"We don't want to hold up the success of the other private development on the east and west sides of the river."

The public will have to be patient, however, as the work is completed.

Along with the pedestrian bridge, other work in the area includes the relocation of Riverside Drive, the construction of the roundabout at state Route 161 and Riverside Drive, the construction of Bridge Park and eventually the construction of the John Shields bridge over the Scioto River.

"There's going to be quite a bit of construction in the area at that time," Earman said, adding the city will do its best to keep residents aware of any closures in the area.

For more information about the final draft plan, look online.