2014 WATERFRONT HERITAGE WALKS FREE TO PUBLIC
COURTESY OF EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE
Saturday: Walk the Big Four Bridge; Sunday: Explore Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY – A sponsorship by Evan Williams Bourbon Experience has made it possible to once again offer a free summer series of Waterfront Heritage Walks in Waterfront Park. Local historian Rick Bell will lead the tours, which will be offered the last weekend of May, June, July and September. For each tour weekend, the Saturday morning walk will take place on the Big Four Bridge and the Sunday afternoon walk will explore Waterfront Park. Each tour is approximately 1.5 miles in length. The first weekend of tours is scheduled for Saturday, May 24th, 10:00-11:30 a.m., and Sunday, May 25th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
SATURDAY - WALK THE BIG FOUR BRIDGE; SUNDAY - EXPLORE WATERFRONT PARK
The Saturday tours will feature Bell’s exploration of the history of the Big Four Bridge from its days as an important carrier of freight and passenger trains to its current incarnation as a pedestrian/bicycle path. The Saturday tours will start at the top of the ramp to the bridge, proceed across the bridge and back, for a total distance of approximately 1.5 miles. Please remember that pets are not allowed on the bridge.
Sunday tours will explore the history of Louisville’s riverfront and the development of today’s acclaimed Waterfront Park. The Sunday tours will begin at the Belle of Louisville’s landing at the Fourth Street wharf and end at the base of the Big Four Bridge, a round-trip distance of approximately 1.5 miles. Bell will describe the riverfront’s importance to the growth of Louisville from its founding during the American Revolution, through its glory days during the Steamboat Era, to its renaissance as one of the world’s most successful maritime recreational parks.
THE 2014 SEASON
tour dates for the 2014 season are: May 24th & 25th, June 28 & 29, July 26 & 27, and September 27 & 28. Saturday tours are from 10:00-11:30 a.m. and Sunday tours are from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring drinking water and sunscreen. Paid parking is available in the Blue Lot (Wharf); parking in other parts of the park is free.
Sunday tour participants will have an opportunity to purchase Bell’s book from the Belle of Louisville gift shop and have it signed at the end of the tour. More details and a link to a park map are available at www.louisvillewaterfront.com/events.