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Ward-Pugh applauds YouthBuild’s Project for Karen Lynch Park and Beargrass Falls

Monday September 9, 2013

Louisville – Since its dedication, Karen Lynch Park has been a quiet, green spot in the Butchertown area near Beargrass Creek. On Tuesday, a special group of students will help the park continue its sustainability efforts for the community.

“I want to applaud the YouthBuild students, who will construct a shelter in the park,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward (D-9). “The shelter is part of Beargrass Falls Water and Sustainability Education Center.”

Solar panels on the shelter will power a water pump for the park’s sustainability efforts. The Beargrass Falls will be a place to showcase and experiment with innovative ideas to help restore the creek and make our community more sustainable. Several partners are involved in creating the center: Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Louisville Metro District 9, WaterStep, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Louisville Metro Parks, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Get Outdoors Kentucky, YouthBuild Louisville and Louisville Water Company.

YouthBuild Louisville is an education, job and leadership training program designed to help young adults realize their potential. Founded 12 years ago, the organization has developed a two pronged approach using both classroom and hands on job skills training. Within the community, YouthBuild Louisville students have built 10 new homes, rehabbed 16 homes, created 200 community gardens and developed three miles of trails in local parks.

YouthBuild will be working on the shelter from 9:30am until 4:00pm.

“Young people are a key to understanding how we must maintain our environment,” says Ward-Pugh. “I know the YouthBuild students will be a great asset to this project.”

The Beargrass Falls and Karen Lynch Park are located on the corner of Brownsboro Road and Story Avenue in the Butchertown Neighborhood. The facility is on the western banks of Beargrass Creek, ½ mile up from the confluence in the back water of the Ohio River. The park also serves as the trail head for the Butchertown Greenway.

For more information, contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109.

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9