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Metro Parks Newsroom

Public Meeting Will Outline Route Alternatives for Louisville Loop’s Northeast Route

Tuesday May 4, 2010

Metro Parks will present the master plan for routing the Louisville Loop through the city’s northeastern neighborhoods during a community meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. The meeting takes place at Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane.

The final plan identifies several alternative routes for the Louisville Loop, as it travels from Miles Park on Shelbyville Road to River Road. The Louisville Loop is a paved path for bicyclists and pedestrians that will encircle Louisville for a distance of approximately 100 miles. Some segments of the Louisville Loop will also include soft-surface paths for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Which route the Loop will ultimately follow will be determined by a variety of factors, including funding, right-of-way acquisition and future development.

Before the plan becomes final, citizens will have an opportunity to offer comments about the plan, either during the meeting or via e-mail. The plan will be posted online here.

“We knew the northeast segment of the Loop would be the most challenging part to plan, given the density of residential and commercial development there,” said Mike Heitz, director of Metro Parks. “The planning effort took longer than we had originally hoped, but we’re very happy with the outcome.”

Over the past year, while planners continued to work on finalizing the proposed routes, the department completed a comprehensive trail standards manual, outlining specifications for everything from trail width to appropriate styles of benches and signs along the route.

Heitz noted that his department received a lot of community support in this planning process, from Metro Council members, citizens, and leaders from small cities such as Prospect, Middletown and Anchorage.