Friends of the Waterfront are ambassadors of the park. Our ultimate goal is to ensure our community’s continued use and appreciation of the river.

We engage enthusiastic supporters through a variety of programs, events, education, fundraising, and marketing efforts. With a vibrant and active membership, we work hard to educate others about the significance of the river and our waterfront. We work closely with the Waterfront Park Board to form meaningful partnerships with other community groups in the city.

We also support the park’s main events, including Waterfront Wednesdays, Juneteenth Jubilee, Clean Team, Fourth of July on the Waterfront, and the Silver Anchor Awards Reception, through our fundraising efforts.


A volunteer-driven organization focused on supporting Louisville’s Waterfront Park through promotion, advocacy, and fundraising.


To ensure the community’s continued use, appreciation, and support of Louisville’s Waterfront Park.


Friends of the Waterfront began as the Marketing and Community Involvement Committee for Waterfront Park. In 1988, we founded Friends, and in 1991, we became a separate nonprofit organization. We continue to work closely with the Waterfront Park team to promote and grow our park.

Friends of the Waterfront Board

Ken Bohnert, Counsel
Conliffe,Sandmann &Sullivan, PLLC

Kelly Gream, Secretary
Louisville Memorial Auditorium

Logan Griggs
Engie Insight

Marlene Grissom, Ex Officio
Waterfront Park

Billy Hardison
Production Simple & Headliner’s Music Hall

Kelley Runyon, Ex Officio
Waterfront Park

Rebecca Matheny
Louisville Downtown Partnership

Lynnelle Morgan
Louisville Tourism

David Nichols, Vice President
A+H Marketing

Bindu Rastogi
Fifth Third Bank

Julie Roberts
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Ashley Smith, Ex Officio
Waterfront Park

Joshua Watkins, President
Louisville Metro Government

Shawn Woosley
Wehr Constructors, Inc.

Friends of the Waterfront Advisory Board

Stephanie Bateman
Semonin Realtors

Stephanie Dobson
Integrity One Technologies

Todd Toles
Integrity One Technologies

Nicole Walton

Pam Holwerda, Treasurer
Stegner Investment Associates, Inc.

Charles Spivey
Louisville Public Media

Jacob Mercier
The Mawood Mercier Group at RE/MAX 100


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