Wednesday February 23, 2011
Metro Parks is inviting the public to a March 7 meeting designed to obtain feedback on draft plans for equestrian/hiking trailhead amenities planned for the Paul Yost Recreation Area at Jefferson Memorial Forest.
The Paul Yost section - historically referred to as the Forest View section of the Forest - has long been a location for equestrian trails. Because of increased demand from trail users, Metro Parks is developing redesigned and expanded facilities to allow the section to meet its potential as the main equestrian area at the Forest as designated in the 2009 Master Plan.
The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road. Parking is available at the Welcome Center and also immediately across Mitchell Hill Road near the entrance to Tom Wallace Recreation Area. Planning consultants from Verdant Design as well as Metro Parks staff will be on hand to unveil the draft site plan for the trailhead which includes horse trailer and vehicle parking, shelters, a restroom facility, as well as other equestrian amenities.
“The Paul Yost Area has been in need of upgraded facilities for some time and Metro Parks is glad to be able to plan multi-use facilities that will significantly improve the experience for equestrian users as well as hikers,” Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz said.
An initial scoping meeting was held in spring 2009 to help determine the wishes of equestrian trail users. Funding for the development of detailed site plans and construction drawings was secured in 2010 with support from District 13 Metro Councilwoman Vicki Welch.
In some cases, Welch said, the funding her office provides for the Forest has been doubled by matching grant funds, which allows for even greater impact.
“I am very pleased to be able to assist with the funding of a new trailhead for the Paul Yost section,” Welch said. “The Forest provides wonderful recreational opportunities for my constituents – and for all residents of Metro Louisville.”
Currently, trailhead planning is being performed along with a redesign of the soft-surface trail system within the Paul Yost Recreation Area. Bid specifications for that related project are currently being prepared and groundbreaking on that project is expected to commence in the summer of 2011.
About the Jefferson Memorial Forest
The 6,218 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, a woodland tribute to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation during times of war, is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and the largest municipal urban forest in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division, which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitats across Louisville Metro. Jefferson Memorial Forest offers a full range of recreational amenities, including weekend education and adventure programs, hiking trails, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails and picnic areas. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.memorialforest.com.