Waterfront Park West funding approved in Metro Council meeting - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Waterfront Park West funding approved in Metro Council meeting

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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 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.

"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.

The 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.

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