Waterfront Park News

Kentucky Derby Festival events at Waterfront Park
begin April 25th!

Kentucky Derby Festival

News and Events
April 18, 2014

General Information: 502-584-6383
Toll Free: (800) 928-FEST

The Chow Wagon and Kroger Fest-a-Ville will return to Waterfront Park from April 25th through May 2nd! The Miller Lite Music Stage will feature nearly 30 live concerts with local and regional entertainment and a wide variety of musical genres including gospel, urban, Latino, country and rock.

Where else can you find great food and live musical entertainment in a riverside setting for a 2014 Pegasus Pin admission? Meet your coworkers for lunch or come down for an evening concert. There’s no way to go wrong by making a visit to this great outdoor party!

Waterfront Wednesdays will open the 2014 season with musical guests Moon Taxi, The Apache Relay, and House Ghost

News and Events
March 11, 2014

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Forecastle Festival!

2014 Forecastle lineup announced;
Outkast, Jack White, Beck Headlining

News and Events
March 4, 2014

Contact AC Entertainment, 865.523.2665 or info@acentertainment.com


The Forecastle Festival returns this summer led by hip hop royalty, Outkast; 21st century rocker, Jack White; and alt-rock renaissance man, Beck. The three-day music celebration, now in its 12th year, will take place July 18–20, 2014 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

Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss

June 6 Concert: Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas

News and Events
February 17, 2014

Contact AC Entertainment, 865.523.2665 or info@acentertainment.com

Willie Nelson and Family & Alison Krauss and Union Station feat. Jerry Douglas with The Wild Feathers. General admission, lawn chairs welcome. Produced by AC Entertainment and Production Simple.

Tickets go on sale 02/21 on ticketmaster.com
Adv $55 day of $65

Waterfront Park Boat Permit Auction for Thunder 2014

News and Events
February 6, 2014

Waterfront Development Corporation will auction individual boat permits for use during Thunder Over Louisville on April 12, 2014.  A slip will be assigned to a successful bidder based on the amount of bid, size of vessel, and the date bid is received in the Waterfront Development office. …more

Help celebrate the Belle's 100th birthday and ensure her next 100 years of service - donate online to the Centennial Festival of Riverboats!

Centennial Festival of Riverboats

News and Events
February 3, 2014

The Centennial Festival of Riverboats, scheduled for October 14-19, 2014, will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience history first-hand and enjoy art, Bourbon, music and culture. For the first time since the early 1900s, nine riverboats will gather at Louisville’s waterfront to ring in the Belle’s first hundred years. Your gift will help make this once-in-a-lifetime festival take place and will boost support for the Belle's preservation as she kicks off her second hundred years in service.

Your donation through Paypal is totally safe and easy! You don't have to have a Paypal account to make a donation. You can also download a pledge sheet if you would rather mail us your donation.

Thanks for your help!

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.

Mark Your Calendars for the
Centennial Festival of Riverboats, October 14-19, 2014

News and Events
October 9, 2013

Centennial Festival of RiverboatsNext year Louisville will be the host of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats, a historic gathering and celebration of American riverboat heritage occurring downtown October 14-19, 2014. The event, being held to honor the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville, will be marked by the gathering of nine different riverboats from across the country, all cruising the same span of the Ohio River over the course of the six day festival held at Louisville’s internationally-acclaimed Waterfront Park. Tickets for the event are available for purchase today…more

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.

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


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

(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

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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