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No Scioto Mile For Red, White and Boom

Columbus' annual July Fourth fireworks celebration is downtown tonight. Hundreds of people will converge along the Scioto River to watch the show. But the new multi-million dollar park on the river will not be open for the festivities. The new riverfront park is almost finished, but it won't be ready for visitors until next Thursday. That means people who had hoped to stake out a spot for Red, White and Boom will have to go somewhere else. Amy Taylor is chief operations officer for Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, the group formed to lead the city's downtown redevelopment, including the Scioto Mile. "Technically the Scioto Mile wasn't supposed to open until November. We were able through a great project team and a lot of collaboration to move that to a summer opening date because we are in Columbus, Ohio, and we wanted people to be able to take advantage of a great summer season in this amazing park," she said. Taylor said the park and its large fountain are undergoing mandatory testing and inspections. She does not anticipate any delays. The $44 million project — funded with public and private money — runs from the Arena District on the north end of downtown to the Whittier Peninsula on the south. It features a promenade with free internet access, a restaurant and concert venue.