Thursday August 30, 2007
Mayor Jerry Abramson has a challenge for Louisville residents — help name the Metro Loop
, the 100-mile hiking and biking trail that will encircle the city.
Metro Parks has been using the working name “100-mile Metro Loop” to describe the series of paved trails that will eventually link to one another. The project, however, has evolved from one trail around the perimeter of the community into a system that includes smaller loops and other paths along routes such as the Olmsted Parkways.
“The 100-mile Metro Loop trail will be more than 100 miles, and it will be more than just a loop around the edge of our community,” Abramson said. “Clearly, we need a name that will do justice to the significant impact that this project will have on our community once it’s completed. We want a name that makes a statement about Louisville becoming a regional destination for recreation.”
The new name will be used to identify the entire network of multi-use trails in Louisville, although many of the routes — such as the existing Riverwalk — will likely keep their own unique names, as well. This fall, when the Riverwalk and the Ohio River Levee Trail are connected near Rubbertown, approximately 25 percent of the loop route will be complete.
Citizens may suggest names by visiting the city’s web site, www.louisvilleky.gov, through September 30. Citizens without Internet access can mail their suggestions to: Metro Parks, Attn: Name the Loop, PO Box 37280, Louisville KY 40233-7280. A committee of city officials and citizens will forward the best entries to the Mayor, who will select the final name.
Everyone who submits a name will be eligible for a random prize drawing, including a bicycle donated by Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling and free passes to Metro Parks attractions, including golf courses, the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, Otter Creek Park, Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Metro Arts Center.
The loop is one component of the City of Parks initiative, announced in February 2005 by Abramson and Humana co-founder David A. Jones. It includes the addition of thousands of acres of park land along 27 miles of the Floyds Fork corridor, paved multi-use trails, continued expansion of Jefferson Memorial Forest, and millions of dollars invested in more than 200 improvement projects in existing parks.
The City of Parks project is one the largest urban parks expansion in the country, according to Wallace, Roberts, Todd, the landscape-design firm helping create the master plan for Floyds Fork corridor of the project.