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In Honor of Earth Day cleanup on the Doorway to the Avenue

Monday April 22, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Supported by neighborhood groups and businesses, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) focused attention on the effort to revitalize the doorway entrance to The Avenue at River Road at Beargrass Creek as part of Earth Day. The day’s events also included two canoe trips led by Get Outdoors Kentucky to highlight environmental issues along Beargrass Creek.

“The Doorway to the Avenue Committee has made great progress in preserving and reclaiming the Butchertown Greenway and the area at Frankfort Avenue and River Road,” said Ward-Pugh. “This effort will take a number of years and a lot of volunteers to continue and, more importantly, to maintain. It includes a direct link to cleaning up and restoring the Beargrass Creek along the Butchertown Greenway.”

The Committee includes District 9, Butchertown Neighborhood Association, Clifton Community Council, Frankfort Avenue Business Association, Botanica, Beargrass Creek Alliance and Metro Parks. The committee has been working to create a grand entrance to Frankfort Avenue at River Road adjacent to the future site of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. There have been two recent volunteer events to clean up the area and remove invasive plant species. These efforts also have a goal to increase pedestrian access to the Waterfront via this corridor.

“Also related to this effort is Botanica’s project to plant the Founders Garden at the Heigold Façade, at the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and River Road,” said Ward-Pugh. “Volunteer involvement will allow us to revitalize the area from the Avenue to Beargrass Creek.”

For more information about the Doorway to the Avenue or if you would like to volunteer to help, contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109.

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9