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
Joshua Watkins, President Louisville Metro Government
David Nichols, Vice President Cambium Marketing
Bindu Rastogi, Secretary Fifth Third Bank
Pam Holwerda, Treasurer PNC Bank
Erin Gillespie Atria Senior Living
Logan Griggs Engie Insight
Billy Hardison Production Simple & Headliner’s Music Hall
Brian Meurer Louisville Fire Department
Lynnelle Morgan Louisville Tourism
Keturah Morrow Louisville Metro Government
Denise O’Donnell Scope
Toree Parrish Norton Healthcare
Julie Roberts The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Nicole Yates Passport Health
Ashley Smith, Ex Officio Waterfront Park
Emily Clayton, Ex Officio Waterfront Park
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
Jacob Mercier The Mawood Mercier Group at RE/MAX 100
Charles Spivey Louisville Public Media
Todd Toles Scot Mailing and Shipping Systems, Inc.