Waterfront Park’s Accessible Signage Program helps park visitors with visual impairment to navigate and enhance their park experience. Each sign includes raised letters, a Braille translation, and tactile graphics. The signs are located at the edge of sidewalks on a textured pad that provides an underfoot cue that “something” of interest is located there.
There are 10 signs scattered throughout the park in the following locations:
- Belle of Louisville
- Big Four® Bridge (4) – history (foot of ramp in Kentucky and Jeffersonville) – general information (entrance to bridge in Kentucky and Jeffersonville)
- Flock of Finns
- Lincoln Memorial
- Park Maps (2) – One just west of the Big Four® Bridge at River Road – One at the plaza at Witherspoon & Bingham Way
- The Vietnam Memorial at the base of the Big Four® Bridge
Funding for the development of the accessible signage program and for several signs was provided by the Arthur H. Keeney Ophthalmic Fund, which supports research and applications that help slow the progress of eye disease and projects that help those with impaired vision. The Fund was started through a bequest from one of Dr. Arthur Keeney’s grateful patients, and others have donated to it through the years.
Dr. Keeney was an eye surgeon, chairman of the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology, and a dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Keeney’s son, author Doug Keeney, and wife, Dr. Virginia T. Keeney, are Keeney Fund trustees. In their travels around the world, the Keeneys had seen wonderful examples of accessible signage, and they thought that Louisville needed such a program.
The Downtown Lion’s Club provided funding for the two park map signs. The Lions Club mission is to serve the unique needs of the local community through programs that help the visually impaired, improve the health of children and adults, and empower the next generation through youth programs and leadership experiences.