DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY-FALLS OF THE OHIO INTERPRETIVE CENTER
Town of Clarksville
In 1985, Woolpert prepared an urban waterfront development strategy for Clarksville, IN that recommended creating educational tourism opportunities through the construction of an interpretive nature center at the Falls of the Ohio, a 350- to 400-million-year-old fossil bed on the Ohio River.
Woolpert provided planning, architecture, landscape architecture and engineering services for the 16,000-square-foot Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center. The building features classrooms, indoor and outdoor galleries, meeting rooms, offices, picnic areas, observation overlooks, a library and a 100-seat multimedia auditorium.
The site development included an entry plaza featuring commemorative bricks in the pavement pattern, a series of decks to provide panoramic views of the river and fossil beds, a vehicular drop-off designed to accommodate buses, and a parking lot sited in a natural depression to limit views of the cars and buses.
Planned in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project was supported by a joint mayor’s committee representing the riverfront communities of Clarksville, Jeffersonville, New Albany and Louisville. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources operates the facility.