Louisville's Belvedere to Receive Extreme Green Makeover
Friday April 22, 2011
Public space to become more environmentally friendly
The Belvedere — a large downtown public event space that serves as the top of a parking garage — will undergo an extreme makeover that includes features such as a green roof, a butterfly garden and a living “green wall” to capture storm water runoff, Mayor Greg Fischer announcede today.
The project by the Metropolitan Sewer District is designed to reduce storm water runoff that enters the sewer system, a goal of the agency’s Consent Decree to help improve the environment.
“This project not only makes the Belvedere more environmentally friendly, it makes the space greener and more welcoming to the hundreds of thousands of people who use it every year,” Fischer said.
The Mayor and MSD Director Bud Schardein announced the Belvedere improvements on Earth Day and planted Silky Aster and Slender Mountain Mint to celebrate. They also showed off a rain barrel called Raintainer that was designed and built in Kentucky and will be used on the Belvedere. Downspouts will feed directly into the Raintainer, which is filled with dirt and plants.
Construction on the $200,000 Belvedere project has already started and will be completed this fall. Construction will not impact events such as WorldFest and the Greek Festival, Schardein said.
The project also includes installation of a green roof, with a visible cross-section, so citizens can see and understand how they are constructed and work. Most green roofs in the city, including one at the Metro Development Center, are not accessible or visible to the public.
Interpretative signs will be placed on all the new Belvedere features to help educate the public about the green features.