More than three years after construction crews began overhauling Civic Center Drive, Scioto Mile will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, with a landscaped promenade and an all-new Bicentennial Park.

More than three years after construction crews began overhauling Civic Center Drive, Scioto Mile will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, with a landscaped promenade and an all-new Bicentennial Park.

Public and private supporters of the $44 million project are hoping that it transforms an underused strip of riverfront into a go-to destination for families, couples on date nights and Downtown residents. The development stretches along the eastern bank of the Scioto River between West Broad Street and the Main Street Bridge.

Here's what you'll find when they take down the fences.

1. At the south end of the park lies a permanent amphitheater surrounded by grassy seating. The Performing Arts Stage will host concerts and other events programmed by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

2. The centerpiece of the revamped Bicentennial Park is a group of fountains that spans 15,000 square feet. Roughly 1,000 water jets can be programmed by computer and choreographed with unique lighting effects. Visitors will be able to run through some fountains and nearby fog jets to stay cool.

3. Those in need of a bite or a beer can head to Milestone 229, a restaurant from the operators of the Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant. A 2,000-square-foot covered patio and outdoor bar will offer prime river views.

4. Stretching between Battelle Riverfront and Bicentennial parks, the promenade is the park's other main chill area. The 30-foot-wide swath includes shaded seating, water features, porch swings and beautiful landscaping.