The Cincinnati Art Museum has opened its newly designed front parking lots after months of heavy construction.
Access to the front entrance and Art Climb is now available, and normal traffic patterns will resume in December, with more improvements to the arrival court to be finalized before the end of the year.
The greenest addition to the lot is a group of electric vehicle charging stations for visitor use. A partnership with local startup Electrada provides four Level 2 EV charging stations that accommodate up to eight electric vehicles at one time. An hour of charge can power a vehicle for up to 30 miles of driving. Touchless payment will be managed through the app FLO.
The new design and reconstruction of the parking lot has introduced several improvements to the museum’s grounds. One is massive but invisible to visitors: Underneath the blacktop lies a new water retention tank, the size of 36 of the 145 parking spaces on the lot. The new retention tank will collect all rainwater from the grounds, effectively controlling soil erosion on the hill, and recycle it into the Hamilton County Municipal water system.
Of the 145 spots on the updated parking lot, which has been newly laid out for better traffic flow, 10 are now ADA accessible. Combined with the existing ADA accessible spots in the rear lot, this creates 19 accessible spots on site.