Rendering of Jefferson Resquared | Courtesy Louisville Metro Government

By Alex Durham | WLKY

Jefferson Square is getting a makeover and the city of Louisville wants input on the changes. The draft plan shows an open design, much different from the sections and pathways the park has now.

Designs include an artistic pavilion that will provide shade and creativity. An interactive water feature, and a memorial wall and garden, are also planned.

The park is currently home to memorials honoring fallen police officers and firefighters.

Aerial view of Jefferson Square | Courtesy Louisville Metro Government

Gretchen Milliken, director of advance planning for Louisville Metro, expects the project to happen within two to five years.

“We will be looking at other funding sources that we might be able to use whether that’s grants or federal or state money,” Milliken said. “Those are things that will come into play as this moves forward.”

This vision was created with public engagement and feedback, which started last year during “Light Up Louisville” and continued in 2018 with an online comment form, an open house at Metro Hall and close collaboration with Louisville Downtown Partnership.

The Fiscal Year 19 budget included $310,000 to prepare formal design documents for the Square.