Thursday March 24, 2005
CITIZENS INVITED TO HELP SHAPE RIVERVIEW PARK'S FUTURE
Planning process begins with public meeting on March 29
LOUISVILLE (March 24, 2005) – Metro Parks and Metro Councilmen Rick Blackwell (D-12) and Bob Henderson (D-14) invite citizens to participate in the planning process for Riverview Park, which is being expanded from 16 to 87 acres. The first public meeting takes place at Shacklette Elementary School, 5310 Mercury Drive, on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.
Last September, Mayor Jerry Abramson joined Henderson and Blackwell in announcing that Riverview Park would be expanded to more than five times its current size by using public land north and south of the existing park. At that time, the three pledged to work with citizens to determine that park's future through a formal master planning process led by Metro Parks. The expansion means that the park, located at Greenwood and Cane Run Roads, is now located in both Henderson's and Blackwell's districts.
“Parks and recreational facilities play an important role in keeping our families and community strong -- a safe, clean, accessible place for people to play, walk, bike, picnic, and relax,” said Councilman Blackwell, D-12. “The expansion of Riverview Park to create Southwest Louisville’s only 'Community Park' enhances one of our already beautiful green spaces and creates an opportunity for a sports complex that could serve the needs of our young athletes.”
“Riverview Park is one of the most used green spaces among parks its size, but its limited facilities and acreage have kept it a ‘hidden jewel’ in our community,” added Councilman Henderson, D-14. “Gathering input from the citizens will allow us to tap into the beauty and potential of the area, creating a park that the South End can be proud of.”
At Tuesday's meeting, citizens will learn about the planning process and share their ideas for recreational uses of the enlarged park. At future meetings, they'll prioritize possible amenities and respond to conceptual plans. Once a general consensus is reached, Metro Parks will work with Henderson, Blackwell and Abramson to identify possible funding for the improvements called for in the resulting long-range master plan. The three leaders have worked over the last two years to set aside about $360,000 to develop and begin implementing the master plan.
While Valley Sports Little League works to raise funds, Louisville Metro officials have agreed to hold a section of parkland along Cane Run Road for a baseball complex for the 2002 Little League World Series champions.
Riverview Park, established in 1966, currently features a boat ramp, playground, restrooms, basketball court, picnic shelter, and access to the Ohio River Levee Trail, a 6.5-mile multi-use path.