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Hawesville making plans to give their riverfront a facelift

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Like Owensboro, Hawesville sits on the banks of the Ohio River, and now wants to take advantage of its scenic riverfront.

When Barbara Spencer first moved to Hawesville, she couldn't believe the city's riverfront was so under used.

"That was something that really shocked me. There's no city park what so ever for any of the children," said Spencer.

Spencer regularly takes her father across the river to Indiana to watch the barges go down the river.

"There's a little park right across that we can see from here," said Spencer.

That's about to change, city leaders are working on giving the riverfront a face lift.

"We don't want our downtown to die. If you're fortunate enough to be a city on the river, that is your asset. We don't have anything on our riverfront. We don't even have a picnic table," said Hawesville Mayor Rita Stephens.

Officials will start the redevelopment with a walking trail.

"The river is peaceful and walking by the river would be peaceful for the stressed out day in time we have now. Right here we're going to have a veterans memorial as you come in. We're going to add a shelter, a little playground area, and one of our city workers suggested a basketball court," said Stephens.

That's only the start.

"Eventually, we have plans for a small amphitheater and stage to have a lot of events down here on the river," said Stephen.

"I'm so excited," said Spencer.

All together, the redevelopment will carry about a $500,000 price tag. City leaders tell 14 News that they want to start the project as soon as possible with a completion date of some time in 2014.

City officials say they'll turn to applying for grants and asking for donations to fund the project.

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