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Waterfront Park prepares for long stretch of events

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Workers clear the wharf of debris left after the flooding. Workers clear the wharf of debris left after the flooding.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials with the Waterfront Development Corporation say it's the busiest time of the year for them but with recent flooding they say it has presented a challenge as well.

“After that first flood,” said Waterfront Park manager Gary Pepper, “We added a lot of compost, put three layers of seed down.”

What Pepper didn't realize was that soon after that extensive work, there would be another flood event.

“The day after we finished that work,” Pepper said, “We got rain and it went right back up to eight or nine feet again.”

A frustrating challenge with a long series of events slated for Waterfront Park.

“We literally have three or four events every single weekend non-stop from here pretty much through Fall,” Pepper said.

The Waterfront Development Corporation says it has spent between $10,000 and $15,000 on repairing and cleaning up following those flooding events. To leaders, of the 90-acre park system, this is just a drop in the bucket.

“It's nothing considering how bad it could have been,” Pepper said.

Now, workers will once again lay new grass seed following the most recent flooding and the high pedestrian traffic of Thunder over Louisville in the attempt to get the Great Lawn back to normal.

“The flooding and the high water is a problem but the events are great, the events are cool,” said Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem, “It would be nice on occasion if mother nature would cooperate.”

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