Whether or not it has yet to fulfill the dreams stated above, with the opening of Phase I in 1999, the park has been a true service to the public. Phase I consisted of the larger, open green spaces, where big events and festivals could occur. Phase II moved into the smaller, more secluded areas, making space for family picnics and the chance to forget the city's backdrop. Phase III connects the first two phases, creates a beautiful promenade, and most importantly opened up the beautiful rails to trails Big Four pedestrian and bicycle bridge. This bridge received one million visitors in just its first year after opening.
A visit to the park will be a pleasant get-away for travelers needing a break from the city. It it may also just be possible to catch that 19th century experience of the city most uniquely from the recent Waterfront Park, as it seeks to remind the world of an older era in Louisville.