Tuesday November 30, 2010
Runners, cyclists and exercise enthusiasts are invited to a public meeting on Monday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse
to discuss the development of a sign and wayfinding master plan for the Louisville Loop
, a 100-mile shared-use path encircling the city of Louisville.
Metro Parks’ staff is developing the plan to help improve access, safety, education and the overall experience of the 23 miles of existing section of the Loop, which stretches from downtown to far southwestern Louisville. That section, which includes the trails known as the Ohio River Levee Trail and the Riverwalk, extends from downtown’s Waterfront Park to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.
A $200,000 federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helping to fund the master plan, and $615,000 will go towards implementation.
Officials are in the process of determining the design principles and placement guidelines for the sign and wayfinding system, and are seeking feedback from the public at the meeting.
“Public input is critical throughout the entire process of the development of the Loop, especially as we enter this new phase of sign and wayfinding,” Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz said. “We’re hoping residents continue to show their interest in this project on Dec. 13.”
The 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.
Future segments will include:
- a southwest route from the Ohio River Levee Trail and Riverwalk extending through McNeely Lake Park to Bardstown Road
- the Floyds Fork Greenway, from Bardstown Road to Shelbyville Road, passing through new parks being developed by 21st Century Parks;
- a northeast route, from Shelbyville Road to River Road;
- a route along the Ohio River corridor, leading from the northeast suburbs to Waterfront Park;
- paths along the Olmsted Parkways.
Citizens can sign up for e-mail updates about the Louisville Loop by visiting www.metro-parks.org/cityofparks.
Directions to the Shawnee Golf Course clubhouse from Downtown Louisville:
Take I-64 west; follow exit 1 onto I-264 east. From I-264, take exit 1 for Bank Street and Northwestern Parkway. Cross Bank Street and take 38th Street to Northwestern Parkway. Turn left onto Northwestern Parkway and watch for the golf course on the right.
Bicyclists can connect with the Riverwalk at Waterfront Park and follow the trail to 30th Street. Cross under the railroad bridge and follow Northwestern Parkway west; watch for the golf course on the right.
Visit www.ridetarc.org to plan your trip to the Shawnee Golf Course clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.