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Sustainability Committee to receive update on the study for development of Waterfront Park Phase IV

Tuesday February 25, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Stephen Haag 574-1204 / 645-1752

Louisville – Could a Ferris wheel be part of Louisville’s Skyline along the Ohio River in the near future?

Members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Sustainability Committee will learn about that possibility when they receive an update on the design study for Phase IV of Waterfront Park at their next meeting on Thursday, February 27th.

“Since the Metro Council approved funding for the preliminary study of what we call Waterfront West, there are many interesting ideas that are coming forth as this plan moves forward,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D- 5). “This is an exciting time for this project because the study is showing up the potential this area has for connecting many parts of our city along the Ohio.”

The Councilwoman secured $40,000 in the 2013-2014 Capital Budget and District 5 Neighborhood Development Funds for the study which is designed to connect various areas along the Ohio River.

On Thursday, Andy Knight, Design Consultant for the project and Margret Walker of the Waterfront Development Corporation will make a presentation to the Committee mapping out the study’s progress to date and how the project will move forward.

“Waterfront Park has had a major impact on Metro Louisville,” says Councilman Tom Owen (D-8). “The focal point of the expansion is exactly where the city of Louisville was founded and what we are looking at is the potential for restoring green spaces to our city.”

The 22 acre site under review is located between 10th and 14th Streets at the mouth of the Portland Canal. A final Master Plan for Phase IV could come in late spring. The Waterfront Development Corporation Board and the Metro Council will have to approve the plan and officials estimate development of the park could move forward as funds become available.

“There will be opportunities for public comment on the final plan,” says Hamilton. “I think once people see what can be done and then look east to the beauty of Waterfront Park and how it has changed downtown, they will join us in supporting this project.”

The Sustainability Committee meets at 3:00pm in Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street. All Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 25. You can also watch the meetings online by going to the Metro Council home page at www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocouncil and click the “Watch Meetings Online” button.


Sponsors:
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Tom Owen (D) 8