'Walking Wednesdays' at the Crescent Hill Reservoir


by News Release


Posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

(News Release) -- Learn the story behind the Gothic structure in the middle of the Reservoir
Since 1879, the Crescent Hill Reservoir has been a popular gathering place. The Gatehouse, the Gothic structure that sits in between the water basins is closed to the public - except for Walking Wednesdays.

Walking Wednesday is a family-friendly tour of the Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse. It includes a look inside the Gatehouse, archival photographs, a film from the early 1900s and original drawings of the gatehouse and reservoir. Each Wednesday from June 5 through July 31, a Louisville Water the Gatehouse will be open from 11am - 1pm and 6-8pm for a guided tour. Guests can stop by any time during the two-hour window and then enjoy a walk around the Reservoir, one of the city's most popular walking destinations.

The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse opened in 1879 as part of Louisville Water's quest to provide the city with a larger and cleaner supply of drinking water. The Gatehouse contains the original valves used in the 1800s to allow water to move in and out of the reservoir. The building, modeled after a structure along the Rhine River in Germany, is Gothic architecture with ornamental details inside and out.

Louisville Water provides an abundant, safe supply of drinking water to over 850,000 people in Louisville Metro and surrounding counties. On average, the company produces 124 million gallons of Louisville Pure Tap® each day. Louisville Water began operations in October 1860 as Kentucky's first public water utility.
Walking Wednesday at the Crescent Hill Reservoir

• Each Wednesday in June and July from 11am - 1pm and 6-8pm
• Free, open house and tour of the Gatehouse and Reservoir
• Crescent Hill Reservoir is located on Reservoir Avenue, across from the Crescent Hill Filtration Plant, 3014 Frankfort Avenue
• Lightning will cancel the event
• Groups larger than 10, or those needing special assistance, email publicinfo@lwcky.com