Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers planted the large purple planters at the Ohio entrance to the Purple People Bridge again this year. The plants were donated by Cincinnati Parks and the Master Gardeners volunteered to plant and maintain the pots for the season. The Newport Southbank Bridge — popularly known as the Purple People Bridge — is a pedestrian-only bridge that stretches 2,670 feet (one-half of a mile) across the Ohio River, connecting downtown Cincinnati to Newport, Ky. The bridge opened on April 1, 1872, seven years after the end of the Civil War. It was the first railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.