Construction underway on new park near Big 4 in Jeffersonville
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The ramp on the Indiana side of the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge is finally open, so you can finally walk into southern Indiana via the bridge -- but once there, it's hard hat territory.
When you walk off the bridge into Jeffersonville, the first thing you might notice is that a large construction project is underway. Construction crews are working the May heat to transform seven acres of land into what will be called "Big Four Station."
"It looks a little rough right now," Jeffersonville redevelopment director Rob Waiz told WDRB news on Wednesday, "but once it is all said and done, a lot of people are really going to be pleasantly surprised."
Big Four Station will be a brand new $5 million urban park surrounding the ramp. It will offer lots of green space, a play area for children, a pavilion for concerts, and public restrooms.
One impressive feature will be a cascading waterfall of fountains that after dark will illuminate with a variety of colors.
"The waterfall feature is 100 feet long," said Waiz, "it kind of stair steps downward and mimics the Fall of the Ohio."
The park will also contain four towers rising to the sky. One will be a 50-foot lighted tower that, at its midpoint, will mark the height of the Great Flood of 1937.
Three other lighted towers nearby will rise to about 25 feet.
The opening of the bridge to Indiana is already filling the new restaurants that have opened on Spring Street in the heart of downtown Jeffersonville, just a a block east of the bridge.
Once the park opens, it's expected to draw private developers who will build new shops and housing along the park's perimeter.
"We've had record crowds coming to our downtown since the bridge opened on this side," said Waiz. "We are working on our downtown sidewalks; we are working with the merchants having them stay open later so it is a big boom time here."
The park is scheduled to open in time for the Steamboat Days Festival in mid-October.