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New Cut Road /Southern Parkway Trolley Hop makes its final run on Saturday, September 21

Monday September 9, 2013

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

Louisville – The New Cut Road/Southern Parkway Trolley Hop will make its final run on Saturday, September 21st.

“The people of this area wanted a Trolley Hop like Frankfort Avenue and Main Street downtown,” said Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). So we have been able to continue this program for 4 seasons.”

This month, the 83rd Annual Fairdale Community Fair will be one of the featured attractions of the Trolley Hop’s final run. Iroquois Park will again host “Walk with a Doc” beginning at 10:00am. A Family Canoe Day will be at Tom Wallace Lake in Jefferson Memorial Forest on Sept. 21st.

“The Trolley Hop is just one of several ideas that were considered to help promote economic development of South and South Central Louisville,” says Welch. “We have many great things happening in our area with the redevelopment of Colonial Gardens, increased attendance for events at the Iroquois Amphitheater, the fall beauty of the Jefferson Memorial Forest and September Racing at Churchill Downs. We also have a new partnership with the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) to assist our local businesses with Keeping South Louisville Weird!”

Among the featured stops on the New Cut Road Southern Parkway Trolley Hop for Sept. 21st:

· Fairdale Parade at 12:00 Noon

· Fairdale Fair 1:00 to 11:00pm

· Iroquois Park Amphitheater area–Walk with a Doc 10:00am

· Churchill Downs—Derby Museum

· The Little Loomhouse– Weaving Demo, Happy Birthday Song!

· Iroquois & Fairdale Libraries—Family Programs

· Jefferson Memorial Forest— Family Canoe Day, Nature Play

· Restaurants & Shops along the corridor

Metro Council members used Neighborhood Development Funds to operate the Trolley Hop as a way to promote community spirit and economic development in the area. Joining Welch as sponsors this year were Dan Johnson (D) 21, Rick Blackwell (D-12), Cindi Fowler (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), David Yates (D-25) and David James (D-6)

It is FREE to ride the trolley from 10am-4pm at any designated TARC/ Trolley Stop or park & ride at Iroquois Amphitheater area. It passes nearly 40 landmarks, restaurants and attractions including the Auburndale and Outer Loop shopping areas with several lunch options along the way.

The Trolley Hop had been scheduled to run in October but that will not occur since that date has not been funded. The Trolley Hop is coming to an end due to low ridership and a lack of business sponsorship to help in funding its continued operation.

“As this program concludes its run, I want to encourage everyone to come out and experience the beautiful attractions we have to offer in our area on this last trolley ride in South Louisville,” says Welch.

For more information about the September Trolley Hop, contact Councilwoman Welch’s office at Vicki.welch@louisvilleky.gov or 574-1113.

Sponsors:
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Dan Johnson (D) 21
Marianne Butler (D) 15
David Yates (D)25
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Cindi Fowler (D) 14
David James (D) 6