Monday October 11, 2010
While construction along the southwest section of the Louisville Loop has progressed, the city of Louisville is seeking to make enhancements to the shared-use trail recreational enthusiasts of all types can enjoy.
Metro Parks and the Loop Project team are looking for input from the public on what they’d like to see, and are hosting an open house meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at Riverside, 7410 Moorman Road in southwest Louisville.
“The surest way to guarantee the Louisville Loop is a success is to ensure that the public has its concerns and wishes heard,” Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz said. “As development moves along, we are going to depend a lot on what we hear from the stakeholders – Louisville residents and people who enjoy the Loop.”
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 shared-use path encircling the city that will measure more than 100 miles when complete. It offers recreational and alternative transportation routes for cyclists, joggers and walkers. Sections of the Loop will also accommodate horseback riders.
The meeting will kick off with an open house, beginning at 5:30 p.m., during which residents can view information on maps and boards relating to the proposed Louisville Loop alignment along the Pond Creek corridor and potential ecological restoration areas. The project area is bounded by the Ohio River Levee Trail on the west, the Jefferson Memorial Forest on the south, Third Street Road on the north, and National Turnpike on the east.
At 7 p.m., planners will present information on the Louisville Loop, including:
- an overview of the Pond Creek Watershed, including ecological restoration opportunities
- description and mapping of the entire Louisville Loop to illustrate relationship to and overall intent
- Louisville Loop design standards, to illustrate what will eventually be constructed in this corridor
- an overview of related Metro Parks projects, including the Ohio River Levee Trail extension; the Louisville Loop Signs and Wayfinding master plan; the Southwest Greenways master plan; and the Jefferson Memorial Forest master plan
Citizens will be encouraged to provide input about the project area and express their interests and wishes regarding the Louisville Loop. Questions or statements will be entertained after the presentation. Written notes on the supplied maps of the study corridor are welcomed.
This meeting will be the first in a series of public meetings on the Loop.
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. Bicycle riders can also connect with the loop at Riverview and Chickasaw Parks in west Louisville. For a map of the Levee Trail, click here.
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