Development Timeline

Below is a brief timeline of Louisville’s waterfront development efforts.

1986

  • Waterfront Development Corporation created by interlocal agreement.
  • First Board Meeting.

1988

  • Public forums determine community wants/needs for Waterfront Park.
  • Facelift begins with the acquisition and clearing of properties.

1990

  • Hargreaves Associates selected as Master Plan designer.

1992

  • Private fundraising campaign begins for Phase I.
    1993
  • More than $14 million in private donations are pledged, matched by $12.5 million from the state.

1994

Ground broken for Waterfront Park.

1996

  • RiverWalk completed to Shawnee Park.
  • The Wharf is completed.

1997

  • Waterfront Park hosts its first concert series, at the Wharf.
  • Plans announced to locate Louisville Slugger Field in the Waterfront District.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack opens.
  • Linear Park and Children’s Play Area open.

1998

  • Great Lawn dedicated and opened.

1999

  • Phase I dedicated and opened.

2000

  • Docks installed.
  • Harbor Lawn opened.
  • Widening of River Road completed.
  • Construction started on Waterfront Park Place.

2004

  • Phase II opened to the public.

2005

  • Construction begins on Phase III.
  • Waterfront Independence Festival draws more than 150,000 people.

2006

  • Riverview Park announced.
  • Poe Development announced RiverPark Place development.

2007

  • Construction started on Phase III.

2009

  • Lincoln Memorial completed.
  • Phase III (except for the Big Four® Pedestrian Bridge and ramp) completed.

2010

  • Big Four® ramp completed.
  • Big Four Lawn opened.

2011

  • U of L Rowing Facility opened.
  • Construction began on the Big Four® Bridge.

February 2013

  • Big Four® Bridge opened to the public.

May 2014

  • Jeffersonville opened the Indiana ramp to the Big Four®  Bridge.