Tuesday June 11, 2013
A new playground and other improvements were given a good test by dozens of neighborhood children, as Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Council members and Metro Parks today celebrated the completion of the Okolona Park Revitalization Project.
The nearly $400,000 project, completed over a two-year period at the 15-acre park, included the construction of a new picnic pavilion and plaza outfitted with benches and grills, new playground equipment to replace an outdated play area, and for the first time in the park’s history, restroom facilities.
In addition, new benches were added along the walking path, nearly 30 trees grown from the Metro Parks nursery were planted throughout the park, the ballfield has a new back-stop, and improvements were made to two existing parking lots.
“Okolona Park is a great example of a true neighborhood park that provides a focal point for picnics and other family gatherings and an important source of recreation and exercise for children of all ages so these are important additions and improvements,” Fischer said.
The project represents the first major improvements to the park since the early 1990’s and Fischer credited Metro Councilwoman Madonna Flood, in whose district the park was located prior to redistricting, as a key player in advocating for funding for the revitalization.
“I saw the need for improvements in all District 24 parks and decided to champion the cause at Okolona Park,” said Flood. “Although no longer in my district, I am proud to have been instrumental in the revitalization of this beautiful park. I know children and adults alike, from all over Metro Louisville, will enjoy the new features for many years to come.”
Flood spoke at the ceremony, along with Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, who represents the park’s current district.
“We’re grateful for the continued support of the Mayor and Metro Council in our mission to provide great park amenities and improvements in all neighborhoods throughout the city,” Metro Parks director Mike Heitz said.