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Public meetings set to learn more about Southwest Greenways Master Plan

Thursday March 17, 2011

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

Several members of the Louisville Metro Council are encouraging the public to learn more about the Southwest Greenways. It is a project with a goal of connecting neighborhoods and businesses to the Louisville Loop.

“There are three public meetings where people can learn more about the Southwest Greenways as Metro Louisville tries to encourage more movement around our neighborhoods into more recreational areas,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14)

The Southwest Greenways is a recreational trail system that will eventually connect to the Louisville Loop around the city. Its purpose is to link historic and cultural sites to neighborhoods, schools, businesses, community centers and other natural areas.

“This plan is designed to get everyone more active,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “Metro Parks needs public input to get an idea of what kind of recreational areas need enhancement as well as what is practical in getting people to use this Greenway and the Louisville Loop.”

Three public meetings have been announced:

Monday, March 21st Farnsley-Moremen Visitors’ Center 6:30-8:00 pm

7410 Moorman Road

Wed., March 23rd Iroquois Branch Library 6:30-8:30 pm

601 West Woodlawn Ave

Monday, March 28th Fairdale Playtorium 6:00-7:30 pm

10616 W. Manslick Road

“The Southwest is seeing good progress in offering more parks and recreational areas for our residents,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “Riverview Park is becoming an important jewel in the Parks System and we can further enhance its development by getting involved with Southwest Greenways.”

The planning process for the Greenways Project consists of Metro Parks working with the public and community leaders to develop a master plan. The plan will identify existing conditions and uses, collect information about what types of recreational and commuting opportunities people in the community want, and combine them in a vision for a greenways system.

“The Master Plan will be more effective and realistic if people understand its goals and give their ideas on how to make it work,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25). “This is a chance to get involved in something that will be good for everyone.”

Please call Carolyn Cromer, project manager, at Louisville Metro Parks (502) 456-8139 with any questions concerning these meetings.

Bob Henderson (D)14
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
David Yates (D) 25