Beshear proposes $10 million for park expansion in Kentucky’s largest city

Published 5:56 am Thursday, December 2, 2021

In another preview of his upcoming state budget plan, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said he will propose devoting $10 million to support an expansion of Waterfront Park into western Louisville.

The 22-acre park expansion will connect downtown and West Louisville along the Ohio River in the state’s largest city, officials said Tuesday. The total cost of the expansion is $50 million.

“For so many people in this city, Waterfront Park is not just a place, it’s an experience,” Beshear said. “It’s the backdrop for some of their happiest moments with family and friends. It’s time that this experience is accessible to all members of the Louisville community.”

Beshear will submit his budget proposals to the legislature early next year.

The park expansion site will be in the Portland neighborhood within West Louisville. The expansion will include plazas, gardens and an observation pier at the river’s edge that can accommodate events, performances and other gatherings.