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Ward-Pugh, Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Crescent Hill set to cleanup Lexington Road

Wednesday October 14, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Bush Honeysuckle and Privet may be two species of plants the average person is not familiar with but chances are they are in plain sight in parks and along roadways. They are known as invasive plants that can do damage to the beauty of a community.

“That is one reason why a special cleanup will get underway on October 17th because these plants can do damage to our treasured green spaces in the area,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9). “We are following through with the effort of volunteers who are committed to maintaining a balance of the environment while improving safety on the road.”

Ward-Pugh and these groups are following up on the work done by about 15 volunteers of the Crescent Hill area back in April before the Derby. The first cleanup cut back many of the invasive plants along Lexington Road from Top Hill Road to Cross Hill Road. This Saturday’s cleanup will be a second effort to get control of the problem plants—including spraying herbicides—which will ultimately keep any overgrowth off of Lexington Road which can be obstacles in the paths of vehicles and pedestrians.

The cleanup will get underway from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

“We would love to have volunteers come out and help us,” says Ward-Pugh. “Volunteers might walk away from this with a better understanding of the care our parks and natural green spaces need in order to survive in an urban setting.”

All volunteers will meet at the parking lot located in Cherokee Park at Ledge Road and Lexington Road. Gloves, tools, and refreshments will be provided. Everyone should wear long pants and closed toe shoes for the cleanup.

Please register in advance by calling Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or emailing her at sarah.wolff@olmstedparks.org.

Sponsor:
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9