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New park dedicated in Butchertown in honor of neighborhood leader Karen Lynch

Saturday November 3, 2012

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

Louisville – The Butchertown area has a new neighborhood park dedicated to a woman who devoted her life to making the area a wonderful place to live, work and play.

On Saturday, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), residents and others dedicated the triangular park located at Brownsboro Road and Story Avenue in honor of Karen Lynch, businesswoman and community activist for Butchertown.

“Through Karen’s efforts to revive the Butchertown Neighborhood Association it continues to be integral in improving the quality of life for people and businesses in the area,” said Ward-Pugh. “This park is a small way of saying thank you to someone who worked tirelessly for our community.”

A native of Michigan, Lynch and her husband and her sons moved to Louisville in 1980 from Dallas, Texas to start a commercial photography business. In September of that year, she found a new studio site in Bakery Square. Her family says that Bakery Square and its surrounding neighborhood touched Karen's heart in a way that few other places had up to that point.

“At that time she could have just been a successful business person,” said Ward-Pugh. “But she saw a greater need and through her efforts, the reviving of the Butchertown Neighborhood Association began.”

Building on her positive attitude, Bakery Square became a center point of a brighter, cleaner neighborhood area. Negotiations with Swift began to do something about Butchertown’s distinctive smell. Soon after came the resurgence of the Butchertown Neighborhood Association.

Karen, along with Stuart Miles and others, unified disparate coalitions to help found the Butchertown Trail, instantly providing biking and hiking access to River Road and Butchertown.

“Karen Lynch Park” is a triangular piece of land that was maintained by MSD and Metro Parks for many years. However, many believe it would not be available today had it not been for its coexistence with Karen Lynch.

“It is fitting that this park will serve as a reminder to all that a positive attitude, civic engagement and working together can create lasting change,” said Ward-Pugh. “That is what Karen Lynch was all about and we are the beneficiaries of her vision, leadership and belief that together we can change the course of our lives and our community

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9