Thursday June 18, 2009
Bikers, hikers and exercise enthusiasts are encouraged to join Metro Parks staff and Mayor Jerry Abramson at a public event June 27 at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing as they detail the Louisville Loop, a proposed 100-mile paved shared-use path that will encircle Louisville when completed.
The open-house style event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
"This event is a chance to get the scoop on the Louisville Loop," said Abramson. "It will be the first time the plans for every section of the Loop have been on display together."
The Louisville Loop, a key component of Mayor Abramson’s City of Parks initiative to expand and improve Louisville’s public parks, is a paved multi-use path that will measure more than 100 miles when complete. It will offer recreational and alternative transportation routes for cyclists, joggers and walkers. Sections of the Loop will also accommodate horseback riders.
Currently, approximately 23 miles of the path are complete. That section, known as the Ohio River Levee Trail and Riverwalk, extends from downtown Louisville’s Waterfront Park to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.
Officials will also provide details on the use of federal stimulus dollars to extend the Levee Trail 2.5 miles south to the Louisville Gas and Electric Company’s Mill Creek Generating Station on Watson Lane. The federal government has designated $687,500 to build the 10-foot wide trail. Construction is expected to begin on that section in late 2010 or early 2011, and more details will be provided at the June 27 event. For more information on how Louisville is utilizing federal stimulus dollars, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/recovery/.
Future segments will include.
- a southwest route, from the Ohio River Levee Trail and Riverwalk to Bardstown Road, near McNeely Lake Park;
- the Floyds Fork Greenway, from Bardstown Road to Shelbyville Road, passing through new parks being developed by 21st Century Parks;
- a northeast route, from Shelbyville Road to River Road;
- a route along the Ohio River corridor, leading from the northeast suburbs to Waterfront Park;
- paths along the Olmsted Parkways.
“Citizens can drop in at any time during the open house," said Mike Heitz, director of Metro Parks. "When they're done, they can take a stroll or bike ride northward along the Louisville Loop, or they can take a tour of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House."
House tours are every half-hour, with the last one ending at 3:30 p.m. Rates are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 5 and up. Children under five can tour for free.
The open house will include opportunities to learn more about: the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement; Bike Louisville; Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing; Jefferson Memorial Forest and 21st Century Parks. After the open house, the maps will be on display at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing for one week. The maps will be moved to other locations throughout the community in future weeks, on a schedule to be announced. Citizens can sign up for e-mail updates about the Louisville Loop by visiting http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/cityofparks/metro_loop_trail.htm.
Directions to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing from Downtown Louisville:
Take I-65 to the Gene Snyder Freeway West. Go approximately 9 miles. Take a left at the stop light onto Lower River Road. The entrance to Riverside will be on your right after about an 1/8 mile. The address is 7410 Moorman Road, Louisville, KY 40272.
Bicyclists can connect with the Ohio River Levee Trail and Riverwalk at Waterfront Park and follow the trail for approximately 21 miles to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Riders can also connect with the Trail at Shawnee Park near the Ohio River. From Shawnee, Riverside is about 15 miles. For a map of the Levee Trail, click here.
* www.metro-parks.org *