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“New Cut Road Trolley Hop” returns this spring to showcase great attractions in South and Southwest Louisville

Friday April 19, 2013

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

Louisville – Following a successful inaugural run in 2012, Metro Louisville’s newest fun way to travel returns on Saturday, April 27th when the New Cut Road Trolley Hop begins its second year of showcasing great attractions in South and Southwest Louisville.

The best thing about the New Cut Road Trolley Hop is: it’s FREE!

“There was a tremendous response to the trolley last year. It’s back again to highlight great events, entertainment shopping areas and at no cost to those who ride,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “This is a great time of year to bring the trolley hop back and it bigger and better than ever.”

In April, the Trolley Hop will focus attention on the Fairdale Library with the Miniatures Club Exhibit of Working Doll Houses and Out Door Buildings.

On May 18th, The Trolley Hop will take travelers to what has become a Jefferson Memorial Forest tradition: the 2013 Forest Fest, a day of Bluegrass music and fun.

Other Destinations this year include:

· Little Loomhouse home of the world famous "Happy Birthday Song"/Historical Weaving Cabins

· JMF Welcome Center - Nature Play Area/Fishing Tom Wallace Lake/Hiking Trails

· Restaurants & Shopping along the way—Buy Local!

“This year’s kickoff coincides with the many events going for the Kentucky Derby Festival, a great time to be in South Louisville,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21). “The Trolley Hop is fast becoming a good way to have fun and enjoy a Saturday.”

Metro Council members are using Neighborhood Development Funds to operate the Trolley Hop as a way to promote community and economic development in the area. Joining Welch and Johnson as sponsors this year are Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15) and David Yates (D-25).

“The South and Southwest Councilmembers work as a team to provide attractions in our area,” says Blackwell. “The Trolley ties Iroquois Amphitheater to the Jefferson Memorial Forest and all of the southwest treasures in between.”

“My colleagues and I have focused our efforts on projects that show everyone that our area is rich in history and has as much to offer as any part of Metro Louisville,” says Yates.

It is FREE to ride the trolley. Just board from 10am-4pm at any designated TARC or Trolley Stop. It runs from Iroquois Amphitheater to Jefferson Memorial Forest with stops at nearly 40 landmarks, restaurants and attractions including Little Loomhouse, the Auburndale and Outer Loop shopping areas and the Fairdale Library.

Due to the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, Iroquois Park will be closed until 12:00pm. On April 27 only, trolleys will start at Kenwood Heights Christian Church on New Cut Rd. since Iroquois Park will be closed until noon due to KDF Marathon.

“If you didn’t get the chance to ride the trolley last year, hop on board,” says Fowler. “It is a great way to spend a Saturday with family or friends.”

Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Dan Johnson (D) 21
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Marianne Butler (D)
David Yates (D) 25
Cindi Fowler (D) 14