Groundbreaking held for Shawnee Park boat ramp project

Posted at 2:55 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 14:55:26-05

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — One of Louisville's signature parks is adding a new feature to enhance the opportunity for recreational enjoyment of the Ohio River.

A public boat ramp and parking area will be added to the park, providing boaters with easier river access below McAlpine Locks and Dam and the renowned Falls of the Ohio.

Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Rich Storm joined Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials in breaking ground near the park’s Louisville Loop trailhead on Friday.

Each year, more than 2 million people fish, hunt, boat, or participate in other wildlife-related recreation in Kentucky.

“Fishing, hunting and boating are vital to Kentucky’s adventure tourism industry,” Berry said. “Together with wildlife watching, they contribute more than $5.9 billion to Kentucky’s economy.”

The project is a key infrastructure investment supporting the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative to improve equitable access to nature in the community.

“The new boat ramp in Shawnee Park will provide a highly-sought-after recreational amenity in this historic Olmsted Park,” Mayor Fischer said.

“I look forward to seeing it used by anglers, canoers and those looking to simply get out on the water and have some fun. Our dive and rescue teams from the Louisville Fire and Louisville Metro Police departments also believe it will greatly enhance public safety with better access to the Ohio River. I want to thank Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for their partnership on this important project.”