LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- With the approval of the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget, the go ahead has been given to move forward with the Waterfront Park West Strategy for Portland, Shawnee and Chickasaw Parks.
"After seeing the success of Waterfront Park from the Fourth Street Wharf to the Big Four Bridge and beyond, I am glad we are now moving down river to begin transforming and enhancing some other great recreational areas in our city," Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) said.
The 2013- 2014 Budget includes $40,000 to begin the design work on a Waterfront Park West Strategy. The plan started with the redevelopment of Riverview Park and was intended to move east toward downtown to include Chickasaw Park, Shawnee Park and the Portland Wharf Park.
The strategy's focus is to expand river - oriented recreational uses and at the same time guide public and private development decisions about the waterfront over the next 10 to 15 years. This plan could lead to the reopening of Lower River Road for pedestrian traffic and future possibilities of motor vehicle access as well.
The groundwork for this plan was first formulated more than 30 years ago when Harvey Sloane was Louisville Mayor.
"Imagine a Waterfront Park with recreational access that stretches from Six Mile Island all the way to Riverview Park," says Hamilton. "We have seen what an economic development enhancement our waterfront has become and now is the time to fulfill the dream envisioned so many years ago."