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Coordinated Skywalk Effort Connects Downtown

Thursday July 6, 2006

New signage makes hotels, attractions easier to access

Louie LinkMayor Jerry Abramson said today that a partnership of several downtown hotels and attractions will help visitors navigate the city’s network of skywalks and find downtown destinations.

New directional signage, called Louie Link, is now being installed throughout the skywalk system that stretches some six city blocks and connects 2,300 hotel rooms, 7,100 parking spaces and 300,000 square feet of event space, with access to hundreds of businesses along the way.

"Louie Link is downtown’s newest tour guide," Abramson said. "This signage is a coordinated approach to providing an identity for the skywalk system making it easier to access and navigate our downtown." (See Louie Link map - 200KB PDF file) 

The mayor said many downtown workers and visitors are unaware of the extent of the skywalk system and the number of destinations that can be accessed under cover and away from the elements.

Downtown’s major hotels, convention center, 4th Street Live! and support agencies have partnered to create and install the signage, and to coordinate unified hours of operation for the skywalk system. Sponsors include the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4th Street Live!, Kentucky International Convention Center/Kentucky Exposition Center, Galt House, Hyatt Hotel, Marriott, and Downtown Development Corporation.

"Louie Link helps downtown put its best foot forward and is a consistent and attractive way of saying that we care about our downtown workers, tourists and conventioneers," said Karen Williams, Executive Vice President of Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For the first time, the entire skywalk system has one set of operating hours: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Hours will be extended for special events.