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

David Nichols, President
Cambium Marketing

Keturah Morrow, Vice President
Louisville Metro Government

Erin Gillespie, Treasurer
Atria Senior Living

Toree Parrish, Secretary
Norton Healthcare

Logan Griggs
Engie Insight

Billy Hardison
Production Simple & Headliner’s Music Hall

Brian Meurer
Louisville Fire Department

Lynnelle Morgan
Louisville Tourism

Denise O’Donnell

Julie Roberts
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Evie Schuster
YouthBuild Louisville

Krystal Surratt
ISCO Industries, Inc.

Liz Vail
West Sixth Brewing

Joshua Watkins
Louisville Metro Government

Nicole Yates
Passport Health

Friends of the Waterfront Advisory Board

Ken Bohnert, Counsel
Conliffe, Sandmann & Sullivan, PLLC

Stephanie Bateman
Semonin Realtors

Jennifer Fust-Rutherford
Community Foundation of Louisville

Kelly Gream
Louisville Memorial Auditorium

Pam Holwerda
PNC Bank

Jacob Mercier
The Mawood Mercier Group at RE/MAX 100

Charles Spivey
Louisville Public Media

Todd Toles
Scot Mailing and Shipping Systems, Inc.

Nicole Walton

Shawn Woosley
Wehr Constructors, Inc.

Emily Clayton, Ex Officio
Waterfront Park

Ashley Smith, Ex Officio
Waterfront Park


Please contact us if you want to learn more about Friends of the Waterfront at