Wednesday May 16, 2012
Joined by neighbors, park supporters and school children, Mayor Greg Fischer today dedicated an array of major improvements and additions at Breslin Park, showcasing the new amenities and upgrades in the long-anticipated overhaul of the Irish Hill neighborhood park at the corner of Payne Street and Lexington Road.
The half million dollars in new improvements and additions to Breslin Park include:
- A new 15-hundred square foot sprayground, with 16 computer-controlled spray features
- A new playground
- Two new handicapped-accessible restrooms
- Nine new benches installed around the walking paths
- New drinking water fountain
- New multi-use activity field
- Improved access to the park and 18 new parking spaces, including two accessible spaces
- New concrete sidewalks along the park's border with Payne Street.
A one-third mile walking path around the park was funded with donations through the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, which used today’s event to celebrate its “Paving the Path Campaign” for that walking path, and to officially launch its commitment to working with Metro Parks to raise funds and resources to preserve, protect, promote and improve Louisville’s recreational opportunities, and support the mission of Metro Parks.
“The major improvements at Breslin Park, in concert with the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, are a strong example of the power of public-private partnerships and the impact they can have on the quality of life in our neighborhoods and city,” Fischer said. “The additions to Breslin Park will provide new opportunities to improve the physical and social health for people of all ages.”
Joining Fischer to dedicate the park improvements were Louisville Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz, 9th District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, Louisville Metro Parks Foundation Board Chair Tricia Burke and Founding Chair David Klein, and donors to the Foundation, including representatives from D.D. Williamson, and Louisville Paving Company.
Fischer concluded the ceremony by launching the sprayground water cascades, and joining dozens of students from the neighborhood’s Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School for a stroll along the new walking path.
About the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation
The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which works with Louisville Metro Parks to raise funds and resources to preserve, protect, promote and improve Louisville’s recreational opportunities, and supports the mission of Metro Parks by coordinating financial and volunteer assets. Learn more about the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation at http://www.louisvillemetroparksfnd.org/