“We’re trying to showcase as much of the history of [Jeffersonville] as we possibly can,” said Mayor Mike Moore.
The purpose of the park, however, may far outweigh the squabbles in design preference.
“It connects Louisville and Jeffersonville at a pedestrian level unlike anything that we have today,” Estopinal said. “I think it’s going to be a very dynamic place for the city to gather and it’s going to be for the entire city to gather. That’s the key.
“We really think that the park connection with the downtown central business district will be a real catalyst for what can happen downtown.”
Moore added that the vast majority of residents he has spoken with about Big Four Station are very excited about this project. He said in addition to the public hearing held earlier in the year, he has heard input for the plan at a number of evening neighborhood meetings he has hosted throughout the city.
“Anybody who wanted to offer an opinion, we certainly listened to, and we modified this plan because we were listening,” Moore said. “When you can get 90 percent approval from the residents for a project — and I’m basing that off of the comments that we’ve gotten — I’m pretty darn happy.”
Another design element that Estopinal said has gone somewhat unnoticed is the amount of greenspace that will be added to the area. He said most of the elements being constructed in the site are surrounding the foot of the ramp and he estimated that 80 percent of the park is actually greenspace.
“For the most part, we’ve got a great passive greenspace in the heart of the city,” he said. “If you’ve driven along I-65 and look to your right as you’re coming north, you’re going to see this and it’s going to be a great front door to this city.”
The full estimate for Estopinal’s design plans through construction is expected to total $363,000.
Completion of the ramp is expected in April and the goal for the Estopinal Group is to have the project detailed and bid at its completion date. It is estimated that it will take 14 months to complete Big Four Station park.