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Location next to Joe’s Crab Shack provides perfect front row seat for Thunder Spectacle

News and Events
March 4, 2015

The Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) is auctioning the use of its building on the downtown wharf for use during Thunder Over Louisville on April 18, 2015. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the operation of Waterfront Park …more

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.)

Waterfront Park Annual Auction Announcement
Great Lawn Harbor Boat Permits for Thunder 2015

News and Events
February 18, 2015

Waterfront Development Corporation will auction individual boat permits for use during Thunder Over Louisville on April 18, 2015.  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

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

Phase 4 Waterfront Plaza

Waterfront Park Phase 4 Conceptual Master Plan Report available for download

News and Events
November 13, 2014

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

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.

Belle of the Ball

Michael Blaser is the Official Artist of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats

News and Events
October 2, 2014

The Waterfront Development Corporation has named Michael Blaser the official artist of the Centennial Festival of Riverboats (CFOR).

Blaser, who captures on canvas boats and their towns from the Steam Era to the present, learned the art trade as an apprentice at a large Chicago art studio. He has also worked as a freelance illustrator, and his work has appeared in a number of magazines, including Sail Magazine …more

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.

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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