©EDSA | Owensboro Riverfront | Smothers Park


©EDSA | Owensboro Riverfront | Aerial View


Reclaiming the riverfront as a public recreational amenity, this master plan details a walkable promenade, signature accessible playground, outdoor children’s museum, marina facilities, streetscape improvements, and pocket parks. The design is unified through detailed elements such as a fountain plaza that pays homage, in pattern, to the rooster tail of a hydroplane boat. Focal points and a series of outdoor event spaces connect to the existing street grid for an inviting public realm.

©EDSA | Owensboro Riverfront | Water Entrance

In creating a downtown critical mass, the waterfront district includes iconic entryways, traffic calming roadways, and expanded pedestrian access to the water through cohesive landscape treatments, entry statements, hardscape, lighting, and site furnishings.

For nearly a decade, EDSA led a series of community consensus building efforts resulting in a master plan and implementation of several strategic projects including the Riverpark Center, Mitch McConnell Plaza, POW/MIA Memorial, English Park Scenic Overlook, Smothers Park, and Riverfront Crossing. As a result of the plan and projects, the riverfront has sparked a tremendous amount of redevelopment for the warm-hearted town.

  • ©EDSA | Owensboro Riverfront | Waterfront at Night
  • ©EDSA | Owensboro Riverfront | Riverside Aerial View
  • ©EDSA | Owensboro Riverfront | Water Feature
  • ©EDSA | Owensboro Riverfront | Pedestrian Centric

Project Details

    • Location Owensboro, Kentucky
    • Client City of Owensboro
    • Scope Master Planning
      Detailed Design
      Construction Administration Services
    • Scale 150 Acres