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Louisville Waterfront Park

Louisville, Kentucky

The master plan and park design reclaims 120 acres of derelict industrial waterfront by re-engaging Louisville and the Ohio River. One million square feet of residential, office, and retail space bracket the sloping centerpiece: the 12 acre Great Lawn. The Overlook is 30 feet above the Ohio and offers wide views across the river, back toward the city skyline and out over the Great Lawn and its events. The Park includes an expansive public gathering space, festival plaza and fountain overcoming barriers of expressway and roads to draw people to the river. The Wharf accommodates large riverboat docking, and also hosts an annual concert series. Festival Plaza was designed around Kentucky Derby festivals as well as seasonal vendors. Riverine landforms afford spectacular views of the river and city from elevated play meadows. The rising landforms enclose more intimate spaces, opening out to inlets and riparian habitat.