Owensboro Residents Ready for Friday Night's Reopening of Smothers Park

Aug 24, 2012

It’s the second night of celebrations in Owensboro as the city officially reopens its downtown Smothers Park to the public. What those attending Friday’s events will see is a riverfront area that has received a complete facelift.

There are three signature fountains, a new children’s park and water spray area, new marinas, and a waterfall feature, where water cascades down a series of steps into the Ohio River.

Vicki Moss works at the downtown Daviess County courthouse and came by the riverfront late this morning to get a preview of what the area looks like. She told WKU Public Radio the renovated riverfront will have a calming influence on her when she needs to get out of the office for a few minutes.

“I like the waterfall. It’s beautiful. It’s so soothing, and so relaxing. And I really think people downtown will really appreciate it, to just take a breather and relax,” said Moss.

Owensboro’s three-day celebration concludes tomorrow afternoon with a free air show over Smothers Park, including a World War II-themed aerial acrobatic performance.