Thursday, October 13, 2011

Riverfront Crossing in Owensboro now open

By Laura McNutt
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Saturday was a big deal for the city of Owensboro as thousands gathered along Owensboro's riverfront for the grand opening of Riverfront Crossing. People gathered for music, food, and company to celebrate the new space that connects downtown with the riverfront.

The space is part of a re-development plan to bring the community closer together.

Mayor Ron Payne says, "Crossing - what an appropriate word to use as we cross over from the old into the new."

Director of Public Events Tim Ross says, "It's a great little intimate space where we can have concerts on the weekends, or maybe there's a fashion show that somebody's going to do."

The city celebrated the new space with entertainment, art, activities for the kids, and even a painting the whole community could create together.

City commissioner Roger Stacy says, "We spend a lot of time at home watching television, we don't visit anymore, and we're finding here with this development that people are going to get out, they want their kids to get out, they're going to get out with their families and their children and just be together."

The crossing will also be buzzing with events, like Owensboro's holiday stroll.

Ross says, "We'll have a big Christmas tree lighting, official lighting that night. We'll have Santa where kids can come get pictures with Santa and have hot chocolate and cider and that type of thing."

There's more revitalization ahead in Owensboro with the opening of Smothers' Park next summer, and the Convention Center in 2013.