Get your Steps in with Louisville Water’s Walking Wednesday!

Meet Tapper at the kickoff event on May 10 at Crescent Hill Reservoir & Gatehouse

drone image of Crescent Hill GatehouseTake a walk and learn about your drinking water. Louisville Water opens the doors to the Crescent Hill Gatehouse for its popular Walking Wednesday program on Wednesday, May 10.

Guests are invited to step inside for a rare glimpse of the Gatehouse’s ornate gothic architecture. A Louisville Water employee will show them around while sharing the history of the gatehouse and the reservoir’s role in delivering high-quality Louisville Pure Tap®.

“We love to use our facilities to tell the story of drinking water, and the Gatehouse provides the perfect backdrop,” said Channa Newman, Manager of Education and Outreach.

The first event of 2023 is extra special because it falls during National Drinking Water Week and Tapper’s birthday is May 8.

“Walking Wednesday is always such a fun opportunity to engage with our community, and we’re thrilled to kick off the year with a special celebration for Tapper’s birthday. Tapper never fails to bring a smile to everyone he meets. He definitely knows how to party!” said Pure Tap Public Relations Specialist, Kayla Hanak.

Tapper at the Pure Tap 5kCome celebrate with us on May 10! Tapper will make an appearance during the evening and you can sign his birthday card. Choose from a variety of children’s activities, take a stroll around the reservoir, and enjoy plenty of Louisville Pure Tap.

Walkers are encouraged to bring their cameras for these “Open House” events. Walking Wednesday is the 2nd Wednesday of each month through the fall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11

The Crescent Hill Reservoir is located on Reservoir Avenue across from the Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant on Frankfort Avenue.

About Crescent Hill Reservoir & Gatehouse

walkers out front of the Crescent Hill Gatehouse

The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse have been landmarks in the Crescent Hill community since 1879. In 1876, Chief Engineer Charles Hermany chose a 110-acre plot of farmland in Crescent Hill for a new, 110 million-gallon reservoir to allow sediment to settle from the Ohio River water. The three-story gatehouse was modeled after a similar building Hermany saw along the Rhine River in Germany. The gatehouse contained the valves to control the flow of water in and out of the reservoir. When the reservoir opened in 1879, it provided an abundant supply of water, and the grounds quickly became a destination for families and visitors to the city. Louisville Water employed gatekeepers who would open and close large gates to allow visitors to stroll the grounds. Today, the reservoir is still part of Louisville Water’s operations and Hermany’s work remains intact. The original valves are inside the Gatehouse and the area around the reservoir remains a popular place for walkers. The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse were named Kentucky Historic Marker Sites in 2010.