Thursday September 7, 2006
Mayor Marks ‘New Day’ at Long Run Park with Start of Construction of $1.2 Million Clubhouse. $376,000 in additional park improvements complete, including new three-hole junior golf course.
LOUISVILLE (September 7, 2006) – Mayor Jerry Abramson and other city officials today broke ground on the centerpiece of more than $1.5 million in improvements at Long Run Park and golf course.
A new $1.2 million golf clubhouse will be complete by next summer. Already complete at the park are renovated tennis courts and basketball courts, resurfaced and expanded golf carth paths, as well as a three-hole youth golf course.
“The city’s investments at Long Run are creating a new day for recreational opportunities here,” Abramson said.
The golf clubhouse replaces a more than 40-year-old facility that was not fully accessible to golfers with disabilities, and had limited restroom and locker space for female golfers.
The new 6,000-square-foot clubhouse – funded through the city’s “Foundation for our Future” bond issue – will be located just west of the existing clubhouse, allowing Metro Parks to retain the existing parking area.
The facility will include a 1,900-square-foot covered patio that will wrap around the building. Large windows facing the golf course will showcase a new lake that will be a water hazard on holes 1 and 9. The building is designed to fit the rural character of the surrounding area, with a decorative cupola on the roof. The existing clubhouse will be converted into a golf cart storage area.
“Talking to the regular customers at Long Run Golf Course, there’s no doubt that the existing clubhouse was inadequate,” Abramson said. “The growth we’ve seen in women’s golf over the past 20 years really makes this building a relic from the era when there were few female golfers at Long Run. For that reason, we made replacement of this building a priority.”
Youth Golf Course, other park improvements complete
The mayor also outlined the $376,000 improvements already complete at the park, including $280,000 in resurfaced and expanded golf cart paths and $71,000 in renovated tennis and basketball courts. In addition, five Metro Council members contributed $5,000 each from their Neighborhood Development Funds to create a new three-hole youth golf course, affiliated with The First Tee of Louisville.
The youth golf course at Long Run allows junior golfers a free opportunity to practice their skills. Adults can also play the youth course at no charge, if they’re accompanied by a child. Metro Parks manages another three-hole youth golf course at Shawnee.
Metro Council members who contributed to the new youth golf course include Julie Raque Adams (District 18), Stuart Benson (District 20), Kelly Downard (District 16), Hal Heiner (District 19) and Glen Stuckel (District 17). Long Run Park and golf course are located in District 19.
The First Tee of Louisville is a partnership between the U.S. Golf Association, PGA of America, Louisville Urban League and Metro Parks. In the year since Louisville was selected as a formal chapter of The First Tee, the program has provided more than 3,000 hours of instruction to 250 young participants. The local program recently received a $30,000 grant from the USGA, in recognition of achievements during the first year.
Abramson said the improvements at Long Run Park are part of the City of Parks initiative, which he and Humana co-founder David Jones announced in February 2005.
“We’re building a City of Parks not only by expanding our parks system, but also by investing in our existing parks,” Abramson said.
The City of Parks initiative includes the addition of thousands of acres of park land along 27 miles of the Floyds Fork corridor, a 100-mile paved Metro Loop Trail encircling the city, continued expansion of Jefferson Memorial Forest, and millions of dollars invested in more than 100 improvement projects in existing parks.
Long Run Golf Course, 1605 Flat Rock Road, is Louisville’s easternmost municipal golf course. It opened in 1963, and was expanded to 18 holes in 1984. The golf pro is Moe Demling. For golf information, call (502) 245-9015 or visit LouisvilleKy.gov and enter keyword “Long Run Golf Course.”