Best Waterfront Parks in Louisville KY
Best Waterfront Park, Louisville Kentucky
Louisville's, Waterfront Park is the front door to Kentucky. It's not just some "park in Louisville", it's much more than that. It's a playground for people of all ages, and a gathering place for people from all over the community. The park caters to downtown workers, residents, and visitors.
The park features an amazing view of the river, space for concerts and festivals, quiet places to take in a book and a few hours to yourself, picnic spaces for your next event and much more. The park regularly hosts crowds upwards of 350,000 for Thunder Over Louisville.
Three phases over a total of 85 acres make up this urban park. The last phase was completed in February 2013 with the opening of the Big Four Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge. This bridge enjoyed more than a million visits in its first year of operation alone.
Phase 1 made its debut in 1999 and contains broad, open spaces ideal for large events, as well as smaller spaces perfect for family gatherings or enjoying the Ohio River in a quiet setting. The center piece of this phase is the Great Lawn. The Great Lawn is the most distinctive open space in the park that flirts with the Ohio River and gradually rises over its 14 acres, ending at Witherspoon Street.
Directly up River Road from Phase I, Phase 2 has a very different take on what a waterfront park can be. Phase 2 is a ribbon of medium to small spaces, suitable for picnics, weddings, parties, and events of modest size. Phase 2 is a place where you can feel you're out in nature without a reminder that the city is right behind you. Home to Tumbleweed Southwest Grill and the Adventure Playground, Phase 2 is one of the busiest areas of the park during the warmer months of summer.
Phase 3 brings the first two phases together and completes the original vision laid out in the Waterfront Master Plan. In this phase you'll find the Promenade along the river, the Swing Garden, walking paths, picnic areas, parking and restrooms, and the Lincoln Memorial. Images by Ka!zen Flickr