LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials have broken ground on a new boat ramp that will provide public access to the Ohio River in Louisville.

The boat ramp and parking area at Shawnee Park will provide boaters with river access below McAlpine Locks and Dam and the Falls of the Ohio, according to a statement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Construction on the project, which is a joint venture between Louisville Parks and Recreation and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, began last week.

“This project shows the power of strong partnerships,” Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm said. “Expanding access to the river is a win for the community and all anglers, boaters and hunters of the Commonwealth.”

The project supports the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative to improve equitable access to nature in the community.

“The new boat ramp in Shawnee Park will provide a highly-sought-after recreational amenity in this historic Olmsted Park,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I look forward to seeing it used by anglers, canoers and those looking to simply get out on the water and have some fun.”

Construction could be completed by this fall.

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