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Metro Parks Newsroom

Mayor opens 23-mile section of Louisville Loop

Tuesday April 15, 2008

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Path from Downtown to Farnsley-Moremen Landing

It stretches 23 miles, from downtown Louisville to the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, and it meanders along the Ohio River and through numerous neighborhoods, from Portland to the Cane Run area.

Mayor Jerry Abramson today dedicated the first quarter of The Louisville Loop, a 100-mile hiking and biking trail that will encircle the city. The Loop is part of the ambitious City of Parks initiative, which is adding 4,000 new acres of parkland to Louisville.

“Whether you’re a hiker, a biker, a jogger or just a mother and father with a stroller, the Louisville Loop is a great way to see our city — and to get some fresh air and exercise,” Abramson said. “With spring in the air, and the flowers and trees blooming, the Loop offers dramatic views of our hometown.”

All but several blocks of the first 23 miles of the Loop is off-road, and it passes through woodlands, wetlands and by the river. The first segment, which cost $3.8 million, connects the RiverWalk with the Levee Trail and includes a new pedestrian bridge over Mill Creek. The Loop starts downtown, at the Fourth Street Wharf.

The city is already working with land planners and civic leaders to develop other portions of the Loop including:

  • The River Road Trail corridor, which travels from Waterfront Park to Prospect;
  • The Northeast Trail Corridor, from Prospect to Miles Parks on Shelbyville Road;
  • The Floyds Fork Greenway, from Miles Park to Bardstown Road;
  • And the Southwest Trail Corridor, from Bardstown Road and connecting at Farnsley-Moremen.

The city is working on connecting the Louisville Loop with the existing major Olmsted Parks — Cherokee/Seneca, Shawnee/Chickasaw and Iroquois — via the Olmsted Parkways.

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