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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Council approved to move forward with the Waterfront Park West Strategy on Wednesday, as the council also approved the yearly fiscal budget.
The plan will focus on the Portland, Shawnee and Chickasaw Parks.
The 2013- 2014 budget includes $40,000 to begin the design work on a
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.
"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," said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton.
strategy's focus is to expand river–oriented recreational uses and 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 during Harvey
Sloane's term as Louisville mayor.