One of the city's biggest ideas is underway in Downtown Columbus. The Scioto Greenways project is transforming Downtown right before our eyes.

One of the city's biggest ideas is underway in Downtown Columbus. The Scioto Greenways project, an instrumental piece of the city's development plan spearheaded by the Columbus Downtown Development Corp., is transforming Downtown right before our eyes. The project will restore the Scioto River to its natural channel while providing us with a world-class park. Here's the breakdown. sciotogreenways.com

1. The green space, which will start to take shape this summer, will do more than beautify Downtown-it will better connect the heart of the city to the Scioto Peninsula and Franklinton. City leaders are optimistic this will lead to further investment and development on the west bank of the river.

2. The low-head dam at Main Street has been removed, allowing the slow-moving, sediment-filled Scioto River to return to its natural, more slender channel. The land reclaimed from the river-narrowing project will become the 33 acres of green space.

3. An additional 1.5 miles of multiuse paths will create connections to the regional bikeway system already in place.

4. A new hardscape-part decoration, part infrastructure-will be constructed on the exterior bend of the river, across from the Supreme Court of Ohio building. Steps leading to the green space will also serve as a scouring wall to ensure the river doesn't wash away the new soil.