Volunteers flock to Waterfront Park for post-Thunder cleaning


by Johnny Archer


Posted on April 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 13 at 10:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After a night of celebration, the cleanup begins.

Waterfront Park is cluttered with trash after more than 700,000 people converged there for Thunder Over Louisville.

“This is the best one. You want to talk about the best one – about the crowd and the weather was nice. The cleanup, it’s crazy,” Kevin Sivlis, who helped with the cleanup, said.

Each year about two tons of trash is recycled. Officials expect that number to be even bigger this year because of the higher number of people that came out to Thunder compared to last year.

“You know it amazes me how you can get 700,000 people down here together to have a good time and everybody pretty much does that,” Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival CEO said.

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Berry estimates the 25th anniversary of Thunder was the second largest crowd in history.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he’s pleased with the way security was handled in light of an outbreak of violence in downtown Louisville last month.

“It was a great combination led by Chief Conrad, LMPD – the National Guard stepped in. We have our Ambassador program, EMS was here. It’s just a large even but yesterday was really good,” Mayor Fischer said.

Mayor Fischer helped clean Waterfront Park on day two of his annual “Give a Day” week of service.

Around 250 people came to help clean the park with some being volunteers, like the track team from Jeffersonville High School.

“We out here with the whole team and it’s fun picking up the trash – yeah bonding,” student Daria Collins said.

25 years of history and tradition of Thunder that kick starts the road to festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby.