Thursday May 17, 2007
City of Parks vision continues with
$1.5 million in improvements at park
Mayor Jerry Abramson today marked the completion of improvements to Long Run Park’s golf course by opening a new $1.2 million clubhouse. The 6,000 square foot facility was funded through the Mayor’s “Foundation for our Future” bond issue.
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In all, Long Run Park has received more than $1.5 million in improvements over the past year, including renovated tennis courts and basketball courts, resurfaced and expanded golf cart paths and a three-hole youth golf course. The main roadway through the park was repaved last month.
“It’s a new day at Long Run Park,” Abramson said. “This clubhouse is just one more example of our commitment to building a City of Parks to serve our community for the next century and beyond.”
The new clubhouse features a decorative cupola on the roof and a 1,900-square-foot covered patio that wraps around the building. Large windows facing the golf course showcase a new lake that will be a water hazard on holes 1 and 9. Metro Parks has reversed the flow of play, so that the front nine holes become the back nine. This allows the clubhouse to serve as a natural resting point for golfers who have completed play on half of the 18-hole course.
The clubhouse replaces a facility that was more than 40 years old and not fully accessible to golfers with disabilities. Additionally, substantial growth in the number of female golfers over the past two decades meant that the building – with limited restroom and locker space for female golfers – no longer met their needs. The old clubhouse – just east of the new one – will be converted into a storage area for golf carts.
“I think everyone can agree that the old clubhouse will make a much better cart barn than it did a clubhouse,” Abramson said. “The facilities at Long Run were not up to the standards of our other eight Metro Parks golf courses.”
Equipment such as cash registers, food-service systems and golf accessories for the pro shop will be moved into the new clubhouse over the next several days.
Part of ‘City of Parks’ Vision
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.
The City of Parks initiative is adding 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 180 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 the Long Run Park webpage.