Waterfront Park News


2015 Silver Anchor

News and Events
August 18, 2015

It's almost time for the 2015 Silver Anchor Awards! On September 10, Friends of the Waterfront will honor the Paul Ogle Foundation and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for their outstanding support of the Belle of Louisville Centennial Celebration. Hor d’oeuvres, cocktails , silent auction and live music by the Wheelhouse Rousters …more


Phase 4 Waterfront Plaza

Waterfront Park Phase 4 Conceptual Master Plan Report available for download

News and Events
July 29, 2015

The Waterfront Development Corporation recently worked with Metro Council member Cherie Bryant Hamilton, other Metro representatives and community leaders, and design firm MKSK to complete the conceptual master plan for Phase 4 of Waterfront Park, the westward expansion of open space along the downtown banks of the Ohio River.

The Phase 4 site encompasses approximately 22 acres along the banks of the Ohio River from 9th Street to 13th Street (east - west) and from the river bank to Rowan Street (north - south). This site is particularly important in the continuation of community open space along the Ohio River corridor, connecting the downtown core on the eastern edge of the site with the Portland neighborhood and West Louisville bordering the western edge of the site.

Note: The report is in pdf format and is a fairly large download. The page size is 11"x17" and will not translate to a small screen (phone or small tablet). You can download it using this link:

Waterfront Park Phase 4 Conceptual Master Plan Report



Heigold Facade Symbolism

News and Events
May 20, 2015

Heigold Facade symbolismYou have probably noticed the Heigold facade just off of River Road at the entrance to Frankfort Avenue. Local architect and historian Steve Wiser has put together some interesting facts about the Heigold, which you can access here.




Waterfront Development Corporation Seeks Proposals
For Two Waterfront Properties

News and Events
May 13, 2015

The Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) is seeking development proposals for two properties in the waterfront area. One fronts on Witherspoon, directly across the street from Waterfront Park’s Great Lawn, and the other fronts on Washington Street between YUM! Center and Slugger Field. The Washington Street property currently houses Waterfront Park’s maintenance facility; the Witherspoon property is undeveloped.

Both sites are within walking distance of area attractions, including YUM! Arena, Slugger Field, the Kentucky Center, the Brown-Forman distillery development site, and restaurant and entertainment venues on Main Street and Market Street.

A copy of the RFP is available here.

Proposals must be received at the WDC office by Monday, August 3, 2015 at 3pm.



Flock of Finns Return to Their Roost At Waterfront Park

Peli-Finn

News and Events
May 14, 2015

MeGoosaThe Flock of Finns, a colorful gathering of 28 fanciful metal bird sculptures based on original artworks by Louisville folk artist Marvin Finn, have returned to their permanent roosting place at Waterfront Park. The Flock have been on sabbatical in Oberlin, Ohio, since May 2014. The Flock received a warm welcome from Mayor Greg Fischer and representatives of Metro’s Public Art Initiative, the Commission on Public Art (COPA), the Waterfront Development Corporation, and the public. In honor of the occasion, the first grade class from Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School provided a short program, which included an enthusiastic rendition of the Chicken Dance. …more



Waterplay is open for the season in the Adventure Playground

News and Events
May 6, 2015

The Waterplay area in the Adventure Playground is open for the season! Hours of operation: 11am - 8pm daily. Have fun!







Big Four Bridge lights the night

News and Events
May 6, 2015

The Big Four Bridge lights the night every evening from twilight until 1am. Video by photographer Jacob Zimmer, Zymage.com.




WFPK Waterfront Wednesday® Concert Series Offers Expanded Parking, Trolley Service West of I-65

News and Events
April 7, 2015

VIEW MAP OF PARKING OPTIONS HERE

The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday® Concert Series is a monthly free concert on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park, located next to the Big Four Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. The next Waterfront Wednesday takes place on June 24th. The Big Four Lawn “opens” at 5 pm, and the music begins promptly at 6 pm.


To alleviate parking congestion caused by the KY/IN Bridges project, a free trolley service, courtesy of Republic Bank, will be offered between Witherspoon and the Big Four Lawn for people who park West of I-65.

The Republic Bank Easy Trolley will run a continuous loop between 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. We strongly suggest parking West of I -65 in the Witherspoon, Humana and surface lots.

In addition, increased bicycle parking will be offered in the event area, provided by Parkside Bikes.

The concerts take place on select Wednesdays of every month, April through September.



Gallopalooza is back! 2015 proceeds benefit Big 4 Bridge Lighting
Get a sneak peak at the Gallopalooza Collection Preview,
April 17-19

News and Events
April 13, 2015

Gallopalooza is back! And this time, they've brought bourbon! It's time to dress up the city with eccentrically crafted statues on display on sidewalks and street corners.

Please join Gallopalooza, the Waterfront Development Corporation, and Brightside for the Gallopalooza Collection Preview - See all the statues in one place — before they hit the streets!

In addition to the artwork, this family-friendly event features music; games; live performances and demonstrations; hands-on crafts; artist meetings; face painting; and scavenger hunts! Penny Wars: Vote for your favorite statue! Each penny dropped in a statue's bucket counts as a vote.

Gallopalooza, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission of building civic pride and beautifying the community – is proud to announce that the proceeds of our 2015 project will go to support the special LED lighting project on the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, in partnership with the Waterfront Development corporation.

Admission to the preview is $5; kids 3 & under get in free.

 



Big Four by Jacob Zimmer

Big Four Bridge Lights are ON!

News and Events
February 27, 2015

The new LED special lighting on the Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge is ON! The lights operate daily from twilight to 1:00 a.m. Come it out — it is beautiful! (Photo by Jacob Zimmer.)




Forcastle Festival 2015

Forecastle 2015: My Morning Jacket returns with Sam Smith

News and Events
January 27, 2015

The Forecastle Festival will return this summer led by Louisville hometown heroes My Morning Jacket; soulful breakout star, Sam Smith; southern rock heavyweights, Widespread Panic; and indie veterans, Modest Mouse. The three-day music celebration, now in its 13th year, will take place July 17–19, 2015, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville …more





Forecastle Festival will dock at Waterfront Park through 2019
Annual Event brings 5-year commitment to downtown Louisville

News and Events
January 26, 2015

Forecastle Festival, the nationally-recognized event held annually in Louisville, is here to stay. Mayor Greg Fischer joined Waterfront Development Corporation president David Karem and Forecastle Festival Founder and Captain J.K. McKnight to announce Forecastle Festival’s five-year commitment to Louisville Waterfront Park. Under the commitment, the festival will take place in the award-winning park until at least 2019 …more




Park restrooms are closed for the season

News and Events
November 13, 2014

Park restrooms are now closed for the season. They are being winterized and will reopen Spring 2015.






Bob Hill interviews Rudy Bruner rep

MetroTV airs Bob Hill interview regarding Waterfront Park's
2013 Rudy Bruner Award

News and Events
November 20, 2013

A representative of the Bruner Foundation was in town early this month to present the Rudy Bruner Silver Award to Waterfront Park. Four Silver and one Gold Award are given every two years to projects that exhibit exemplary examples of urban design and development.

Bob Hill interviewed Bruner Foundation representative Anne Marie Lubenau while she was in town, and MetroTV is currently airing the interview. Click here to view the interview online.


Centennial Festival of Riverboats
Pavilions Design Competition

News and Events
August 30, 2013

Belle of Louisville

The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the United States, will be celebrating a century of service in October, 2014. To celebrate this milestone, the Centennial Festival of Riverboats will take place from October 14-19, 2014 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville, attracting an estimated 300,000 visitors from around the world.

Architects, designers and artists are invited to participate in the Centennial Festival of Riverboats through the design of a small-scale, temporary and multipurpose pavilion to be used in a series throughout the Waterfront.
…more


Friends of the Waterfront honors Keeney Ophthalmic Charitable Trust

News and Events
September 26, 2013

Dr. Keeney accepts Silver Anchor AwardOn Thursday, September 12, The Friends of the Waterfront (FOTW), a nonprofit auxiliary arm of the Waterfront Development Corporation, honored the Arthur H. Keeney Ophthalmic Fund Charitable Trust and the Louisville Metro Police Department for their work in keeping Waterfront Park accessible and safe for the community.

The Arthur H. Keeney Ophthalmic Fund Charitable Trust has provided funding for Waterfront Development Corporation to develop and implement a Braille signage program that has been installed throughout Waterfront Park. These Braille signs include park maps and signage describing features of the Park, including the Belle of Louisville, the Big Four Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial and the Flock of Finns. Dr. Virginia Keeney accepted the award on behalf of the Keeney Trust.

The Louisville Metro Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Steve Conrad, partners with Waterfront Development to keep Waterfront Park a safe place for families to gather. Chief Conrad attended to accept the award.
 


Kentucky Farm Bureau Outreach Benefits Waterfront Park

Kentucky Farm Bureau

News and Events
May 31, 2013

On May 31, 2013, thirty volunteers from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s community outreach service program descended upon Waterfront Park to repaint all of the railings along the downtown wharf. This service project improved the appearance of the wharf tremendously.

“We are so appreciative of the support of Kentucky Farm Bureau and their volunteers,” said David Karem, WDC President. “The park is so heavily used, and projects like this one provide a real service.”

Kentucky Farm Bureau representative David Beck indicated that the Bureau’s outreach program does several service projects every year, and that they are happy to help where they are needed.


Ky/In Bridges Project Gearing Up For Construction

News and Events
May 10, 2013

The Ky/In Bridges project is gearing up for construction in the downtown Waterfront area. Access to Waterfront Park will always be maintained along River Road in the downtown bridge construction area, but there may still be brief road closures or impact on the park when equipment and materials are being moved in and out. Check the Ohio River Bridges Project website for more information on the impact of this project.


Big Four Bridge Information

Big Four Bridge

News and Events
May 1, 2013

Visit this page for rules of the bridge, hours of operation, and distance information. (Picture by Nick Roberts, SpeedDemon2.com.)


Rudy Bruner Award site visit results in online article about Waterfront Park

News and Events
April 30, 2013

Louisville Waterfront Park is one of five finalists for the Rudy Bruner Award, which searches for "places that are developed with such vision and imagination that they transform urban problems into creative solutions." The award is given every two years by the Rudy Bruner Foundation. Four of the finalists will receive the Silver Medal, an award of $10,000, and the fifth will receive the Gold Medal, $50,000. The Gold Medal winner will be announced in May 2013.

The Rudy Bruner folks recently came to Louisville for 3 days for a site visit to Waterfront Park. This article is the result of that visit.




Waterfront Park Moves Into 21st Century;
Can Now Accept Donations Online

Donate!

News and Events
March 7, 2013

We finally bit the bullet - we're now set up to take donations to Waterfront Park online. :) Visit our "Donate" page at www.louisvillewaterfront.com/donate. You can also donate from our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/louisvillewaterfront. We appreciate your support of Waterfront Park!


New Photo Gallery of Big Four Pics

Photo by Nick Roberts

News and Events
March 8, 2013

A great selection of pictures of and from the Big Four Bridge are posted in our Photo Gallery. Check them out!




Photo: Nick Roberts, SpeedDemon2

THE BIG FOUR IS OPEN!!!!
(Yes, Really.)

News and Events
February 5, 2013

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge officially opened. This was a soft opening - the Jeffersonville ramp is not completed, so once you get to the other side, you will just turn around and come back. Great exercise, though, and the views are magnificent! The bridge is open 24/7, except for events that require it to be closed (like Thunder Over Louisville). The hours of operation in the rest of the park remain the same, 6am - 11pm daily.

Photo: Nick Roberts, SpeedDemon2.com


Future Farmers of America convention will return to Louisville
in 2013, 2014 & 2015

News and Events
December 19, 2012

We were pleased to hear that the Future Farmers of America convention will be returning to Louisville in 2013, 2014 and 2015! Waterfront Park buzzes with future farmers during the convention, and we love the activity.

Future Farmers, be sure to check out the Belle of Louisville while you're in town - she is the oldest Mississippi-style steamboat in the world, and she's still cruisin' strong! For tickets and information about the Belle, visit her website at www.BelleOfLouisville.org.


Lincoln Memorial Teacher's Guide/Student Activities booklet available

Lincoln Memorial Visitor's Guide

News
April 23, 2010

A new guide to the Lincoln Memorial is available that includes information about the project, artist, and landscape architect, as well as activities that encourage visitors to dig deeper into the stories of Abraham Lincoln and his ties to Louisville, Kentucky … more



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News and Events

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