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Groundbreaking on park at base of Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- From the corner of Maple and Spring in Jeffersonville, Nathan Todaro knows many of his Perfkfection customers by name, though what's going on just beyond his back door has him hoping to see a few more unfamiliar faces.

"It really will create the nicest new downtown urban space that downtown Jeffersonville has seen in the last 100 years," said Architect R. Wayne Estopinal.

The city broke ground on a $4 million park that will feature water sculptures, green space, and a new playground at the base of the Big Four Bridge.

"We started preparing by doing a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings," said Todaro.

The Big Four Station will be built in two stages. The first will be built between Maple and Chestnut to open along with the pedestrian bridge in November. Then next spring, crews will take out Chestnut between Mulberry and Perl and complete the work around the base of the bridge.

"Which will make for a great farmer's market, we can have some art shows and concerts a whole wide range of things we can take advantage of," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

Estimates show that about 45,000 walkers trek the Big Four Bridge from Louisville every nine days, but currently don't have anywhere to get off.

Todaro's not the only one trying to capitalize on the bridge's completion.  "Redoing the inside of our store to make it more user friendly to the people who may be experiencing it for the first time and expanding our product line," said Carolyn Minutillo of Lavender Hill Floral's.

Todaro says he's optimistic about the major change that's on the horizon: "I'm very excited to see what business it's going to do for us and what new people it will bring in."

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