LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Plans for an outdoor oasis in the center of Metro Louisville are being unveiled at the Louisville Water Tower tonight.

Renderings depicting the public gardens are already on the drawing board for Waterfront Park. Organizers say plans include a children's garden, education pavilion, and visitors center.

Botanica Inc. is developing the Waterfront Botanical Gardens,and the presentation will be led by Botanica's President, Brian Voelker, and the design team from Perkins+Will that helped develop the Master Plan. Team members will present renderings of the master plan, and will describe the look, feel, features and functions of the botanical garden.

The Waterfront Botanical Garden will be located near the Big Four Bridge at River Road and Frankfort Ave. in Louisville on land that was once used as the Ohio Street Landfill. The landfill has been out of use since the 1970s and Botanica signed an agreement with the city last year to reclaim the site and turn it into a public garden.

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens will include a multi-story visitors center with restaurant, a children's garden, art exhibits, a meadow, green roof and education pavilion, a conservatory and views of the Louisville skyline. Construction of the project is currently estimated at $35 million, but will be built in phases.

The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower at 3005 River Road. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Admission: Free for Botanica members, $10 for non-members. Go to

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