Friday April 6, 2007
Healthier Lake with Better Fishing will be Ready in 2008
Later this month, Metro Parks will temporarily lower the level of the 5.3-acre lake in Waverly Park and initiate a year-long project to remove sediment and make the lake a healthier aquatic ecosystem. The lake will become an improved fishing destination when full water levels are restored next spring.
The lake's water volume will be reduced by approximately half during the project, which includes increasing the lake's average depth, reshaping the bank to encourage growth of beneficial vegetation, and providing shaded areas for fish habitat. To lower the lake’s level, water will be slowly siphoned over the dam on the west side of the lake. The project was recommended by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, which stocks the lake with fish.
A Metro Parks representative will visit the lake to discuss the drawdown plan with park users on Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. The quality of fishing will be reduced during the lake improvement project. Other Metro Parks fishing lakes nearby include Jefferson Memorial Forest's Tom Wallace Lake and a pond in Iroquois Park.
Planned Improvements Include New Pavilion, Trail Work
This project is part of an $185,000 park improvement plan added to the Metro Parks capital budget last year by Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins (R-25). The plan also calls for a new picnic pavilion, a new pedestrian bridge over the dam's spillway, parking improvements, and upgrades to the park's mountain biking and hiking trails. Most of those projects will be underway by the time the lake level is restored next year.
Waverly Park’s trails have improved dramatically over the past few years, through a partnership between Metro Parks and mountain bikers. "As both mountain bikers and trail advocates, we are ecstatic about Metro Parks' continued efforts to both increase the amount of trails in our park system and improve the trails and amenities so many of us use every day,” said Mike Dulin, vice president of the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association. “Building and maintaining a sustainable trail system will help ensure that all Louisvillians have safe and enjoyable experiences when visiting our spectacular natural environments." That organization's members provide volunteer trail maintenance support along Waverly Park's existing mountain bike trails.
"The Kentucky Mountain Bike Association and Louisville Metro Parks are building a tremendous partnership," said Jenn Dice, government affairs director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association. "IMBA is proud and excited about the future of shared-use trail development in Louisville."
Waverly Park is located at 4800 Waverly Park Road, off Arnoldtown Road near Clayton Terrace. The 300-acre park includes the 9-hole Bobby Nichols Golf Course, an archery range, a fishing lake, a playground, hiking and mountain biking trails and tennis courts. It was acquired in 1964.