Metro Parks Newsroom
Purchase of Metro Parks property allows for Raptor Rehab expansion
Monday August 9, 2010
The purchase of 4.25 acres of Metro Parks property will allow Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky to expand its program from its current facility, located on Southern Avenue off Six Mile Lane.
Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz was joined by Councilman Kevin Kramer, D-11 and Raptor Rehabilitation's Eileen Wicker for the announcement of an agreement August 8.
The agreement will allow Raptor Rehabilitation to expand its program onto approximately 4.25 acres of property adjacent to their current facility (1029 Southern Avenue, off Six Mile Lane). The group also announced the partnership between Raptor Rehabilitation and LG&E for the construction of multiple animal shelters on the property.
The 4.25 acres being given a long-term lease was purchased earlier this year after Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer allotted $70,000 in Community Infrastructure Funds towards the purchase of the property by Metro Parks.
“We are pleased to help secure the land so Raptor Rehabilitation can continue to help sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey and we look forward to being a part of the lease and design process,” Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz said.
Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc is a non-profit organization that was started in 2000 by Eileen and John Wicker. In just over a decade this all volunteer organization has more than doubled in size and is dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey. Raptor Rehabilitation has ongoing educational programs with local schools and is focused on educating the public on the health and protection of regional birds.