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Mayor Abramson Opens Creason Park Path

Friday October 5, 2007

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A new paved path at Joe Creason Park for walkers, joggers and cyclists was opened today by Mayor Jerry Abramson, the latest improvement in the City of Parks initiative. 

The project includes a new pedestrian bridge over Beargrass Creek, 4,500 feet of new asphalt, and a new pedestrian entrance to the park at Newburg Road and Trevilian Way.

The path connects with an old access road in the 68-acre park to create four possible walking routes, ranging from a half-mile to 1.5 miles.

Mayor Abramson speaks during dedication of new Creason Park multi-use path
Mayor Jerry Abramson discusses the new path in Joe Creason Park as a mother and child stroll in the background.
“Walking paths and playgrounds are consistently the two most popular amenities we can add to our parks,” Abramson said.  “With this new walking path and some playground improvements that took place earlier this year, we’ve made Joe Creason Park much more welcoming for families.”

The path has already proved popular.

“Neighbors began using the walking path before the bridge was installed, and before asphalt was laid,” Abramson said. “That’s a great sign of how popular this new route will be.” 

Abramson joined Metro Parks officials and Metro Councilman Jim King (D-10) to open the $500,000 path on Friday.

The project was funded with a federal transportation grant awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  As part of the project, new curbs were installed along Trevilian Way.

The project is part of Abramson’s City of Parks initiative, which is adding thousands of acres of new park land, improving existing parks at a record level, and developing a 100-mile paved metro loop encircling the city for cyclists and pedestrians.

Path route - click to enlarge
Click on this image to see the alignment and distances of routes through the park.
Since merger in 2003, Metro Parks has completed 217 capital improvement projects worth $30 million. An additional 105 projects are underway.

Abramson said the path improves connectivity between Creason Park and surrounding neighborhoods.  Residents to the east of the park may use the new pedestrian entrance to reach the Louisville Tennis Center, the Louisville Zoo and the Louisville Nature Center. Those living closer to the Zoo will use the route on their way to Bellarmine University or to entertainment destinations along Bardstown Road.  Additionally, the path will eventually connect to a reconfigured Zoo entrance on Trevilian Way.

Metro Parks worked with Bellarmine University to connect the new path to an existing paved path on property the University owns on the west side of Newburg Road.  The new path offers an alternative for neighbors who used to exercise on Bellarmine’s old cinder track that was recently replaced by a new stadium for student athletes. 

“Bellarmine was eager to join the city in providing neighbors a new walking and exercise venue,” said Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, Bellarmine president.  “This new path will be a benefit to our students and our neighbors.”