Plans expected this fall for 400-acre park along Ohio River

Published 01-30-2019

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A group that's spearheading a planned 400-acre park along southern Indiana's Ohio River shoreline hopes to unveil preliminary designs for the project this fall.

The nonprofit River Heritage Conservancy says OLIN, a Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm, should deliver schematic drawings of the park by mid-September.

Those drawings will enable the conservancy to get construction estimates and more concrete numbers for a capital campaign that's expected to kick off in 2020.

Supporters say the park will transform the river's shoreline just north of Louisville, Kentucky.

The Ogle Foundation and a private donor have provided about $1 million to help launch the conservancy and start buying property.

The park would intersect a bike and recreational trail near the Falls of the Ohio State Park, which boasts a 400 million-year-old fossilized coral reef.

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