Landscape Management recognized this 85-acre riverfront park as one of the top 100 parks in the nation for design, reputation, and accessibility. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, and featuring structures by Stanley Saitowitz, it includes an 84-foot observation tower, a covered bridge, people trails, fishing at two lakes, picnic shelters, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, and an amphitheater that hosts concerts and performances. Located in an oxbow bend of the Flatrock River in downtown Columbus, this site had once been an industrial area and had informally evolved with recreational activities, despite frequent flooding. Mill Race Park is a testament to the collaborative spirit of design with the contributions of the community, the Park and Recreation department, architecturally appropriate structures by Stanley Saitowitz, and a park concept by celebrated landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh.