Tuesday September 22, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. David A Jones donate $300,000 for playground
After years of planning, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the city is ready to start construction on the first phase of Riverview Park.
Located off Greenwood road and hugging the Ohio River, the 87-acre Riverview Park will be similar to Waterfront Park, and it will have a transformative effect on southwestern Louisville, Abramson said.
“The natural beauty of this landscape — with its dense tree canopy, the lapping water of the Ohio River and the view of lush greenery of Southern Indiana — will create a lasting legacy for generations to come,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said today. “It’s another example of our plan to transform Louisville into a City of Parks.”
The first phase, costing $1.9 million, includes construction of a new boat ramp, improved parking and a playground/sprayground. Mr. and Mrs. David A. Jones donated $300,000 for the playground.
Abramson was joined at today’s announcement by Metro Council member Rick Blackwell, whose districts include Riverview Park., and who has been strong supporters of the project. Riverview has been a city park for decades, popular with fisherman because of its boat ramp, and it is roughly the same size at Waterfront Park.
David Karem, director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, who will oversee the development of Riverview, said it will take many years to complete the park, just as it did with Waterfront. The project will be done is phases as money is available.
The total cost for Riverview Park is expected to be $30 million to $40 million. Karem said the Waterfront Development Corp. would begin soliciting bids for phase one this fall, with construction expected in spring 2010.