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Charlie Vettiner Park Master Plan-Phase One Dedication Celebration

Tuesday August 6, 2013

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              
LOUISVILLE, KY – Phase One of the Charlie Vettiner Park Master Plan is near completion and there will be a dedication celebration on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the park. Guests are asked to enter the park on Mary Dell Lane then turn left at the sign for the disc golf course, and the event will be held on the left. The $690,000 phase one project includes a new walkway, new parking spaces, speed humps, and drainage improvements.

The project scope includes improvements along Charlie Vettiner Park Road, including 34 curbed parallel parking spaces, a wooden rail to prevent off-road driving and parking, and speed humps to reduce driving speed through the park. A concrete walk will also be constructed, extending from the Easum Road entry, approximately 1,500 feet into the park to connect to the walking loop.

Stone headwalls were added at culverts under the roadway to stabilize and help protect the road bed from erosion.  The culvert inlets and outlets were be cleared and excavated where needed to improve drainage under the road.  Plunge pools and step pools were be added to the two largest stream channels to slow the runoff and reduce erosion.

Additional parking areas are planned at the lake overlook and along the disc golf loop which will be repaved.  The new parking areas were constructed of permeable asphalt and grass cell paving.  The disc golf area has 33 parking spaces; the lake overlook area has 17 parking spaces.

Charlie Vettiner Park is located in Louisville Metro District 20, represented by Councilman Stuart Benson.
“With nearly 300 acres of open space, Charlie Vettiner Park is one of our community’s great assets. I am proud to have the support of neighboring Council Member's Kevin Kramer (District 11),  Robin Engel (District 22) and our Metro Council colleagues as we have worked,  since 2006, to secure $215,000 in Council Infrastructure Funds and $460,000 in added General Funds for  phase I of park improvements.” - Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20)

I am pleased with the modest improvements that have been made to the park and look forward to greater enhancements hopefully funded in next year’s budget.”-Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11)
“Charlie Vettiner Park is a true ‘diamond in the rough’ with its unparalleled natural beauty and open green space said Councilman Engel.  We have a vision at hand and an opportunity to create and design a special park comparable to the level of the Olmstead Park Conservancy.  We have a rich history of vast inner city parkland in this community.  I am proud to be a sponsor of this project, and to the best of my ability, I intend to work towards funding the Charlie Vettiner Park Master Plan Project on a long-term basis to ensure its prominent place in our community, alongside other outstanding parks such as Cherokee and Seneca Parks, for many years to come.”- Councilman Robin Engel (District 22)
Kevin Kramer (R) 11
Stuart Benson (R) 20
Robin Engel (R) 22