Planned Waterfront Botanical Gardens attraction in Louisville breaks ground Friday

WaterfrontBotanicalGardensLOUISVILLE (Sept. 7, 2017) – Representatives from Waterfront Botanical Gardens, the City of Louisville and One Southern Indiana on Friday will break ground for a 6,000-s.f. facility at 1410 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, that will become a Waterfront Botanical Gardens attraction on the 23-acre site of a former landfill. The $7.9 million attraction plans to open in 2019.

Phase 1A of the project includes the first building, which will be named the Graeser Family Education Center and will serve students from the Louisville, Ky.-Southern Ind. MSA with its educational gardens, fountains and exploration woodland with access to Beargrass Creek.  The building will include a large, flexible space that can host a range of activities including hands-on programs for schoolchildren and workshops and speakers for adults. It will also utilize the facilities for organizational events as well as make the space available to the public for a fee.

The building has been designed to achieve the highest levels of environmentally friendly performance and includes efforts to maximize use of natural light, generate energy through solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and living systems that will process the facility’s wastewater. The entire project is estimated to be $7.9 million and to date, $5.9 million has been raised.

The groundbreaking will be held at the building site, 1410 Frankfort Road, Louisville, Ky., at 10 a.m.

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization created by Botanica, an umbrella organization for the local gardening community formed in 1993 to entertain and educate the community about the botanical world. The mission of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens is to promote appreciation of plants for a more harmonious and sustainable world.

For more information, visit waterfrontgardens.org/

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