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A New Twist in Your Route at the Crescent Hill Reservoir

Friday October 25, 2013

The Crescent Hill Reservoir is a favorite walking destination and over the next few months, you’ll notice a new twist in the route. Louisville Water is replacing the slate roof on the Gatehouse and restoring the inside of the facility. While the work is underway, the Reservoir will remain open to walkers and runners for most of the project, but you can’t make a full loop around the site. Please be mindful of construction signs. The Reservoir will be closed entirely to walkers and runners for a short period as we restore the stairs leading up to the Gatehouse.

The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse were constructed in 1878 to provide the growing city with a larger supply of water and to allow the sediment to settle out of the Ohio River water. The Gatehouse is a Gothic-style building and houses the original valves used to control the flow of water in and out of the reservoir. Along with the Filtration Plant, the Gatehouse is a Kentucky Historic site. Except for some work after the 1974 tornado, this facility has not had an extensive restoration in its over 100-year history.

We know this site is a popular walking destination and our goal is to provide as much access as possible during the project. Look for signage at the Reservoir for project updates. It will be quite a sight to watch the crews seemingly dangle over the water to replace the slate roof! The work should conclude by the end of September 2014.