Phase IV of Waterfront Park expansion breaks ground in Louisville, KY

West Louisville will now be connected to Downtown via the waterfront.

Two images of downtown Louisville alternate showing before, an interstate with nothing below, to an after rendering of a green space with pink trees and overlook.

An observation deck, experiential learning area, exercise area + more are planned in Phase IV.

Images provided by Waterfront Park

Yesterday, Waterfront Park broke ground on Phase IV of its segmented expansion projectwhich started in 1999. The long-awaited phase will finally link West Louisville to Downtown via a 22-acre expansion between 10th and 15th Streets.

A digitally rendered map shows where Phase IV will occur along River Road and the Ohio River.

The 22-acre expansion will take place between 10th and 15th Streets.

Image provided by Waterfront Park

Let’s take a walk in the Phase IV park + what to expect when it’s complete in 2024.

  • Observation Pier, a centerpiece with views of the river and downtown skyline + will host special events — think weddings and concerts.
  • An experiential outdoor learning area called PlayWorks
  • The Midway Connector will extend the Louisville Loop under I-64 — paint and creative lighting will enhance the experience.
  • The Exerscape area will combine playground elements + climbing areas for users of all ages to exercise.
  • Confluence Plaza + Fort-On-Shore Plaza will be the gateway into Phase IV from River Road — sculptures, interactive water features, and historical markers are planned.

Last November, we reported on the proposed $10 million budget allocation for Phase IV. During the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly in August, the budget was approved.

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