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James hosts meeting to determine the future of Toonerville Trolley Park

Monday May 9, 2011

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

Tucked away between historic homes is a little known park near Brook and Oak Streets in Old Louisville. Councilman David James (D-6) wants to hear what residents believe should be done to revitalize Toonerville Trolley Park and make it an enhancement for people who live nearby.

“I’m honored to represent the Toonerville Trolley neighborhood and the Old Louisville community,” says James. “I look forward to hosting this development plan meeting to really find out what the neighborhood wants in its public green space.”

James and Metro Parks will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Old Louisville Information Center to review the Toonerville Trolley development plan.

The discussion will include creating a proposed dog run which could be the first in an urban area. It would be the fourth in the Metro Parks system. Other dog runs are located in Charlie Vettiner, Cherokee and Champions parks, as well as E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

The dog runs are administered by the Louisville Dog Run Association.

There has also been talk of a proposed walking path. The park already has playground equipment. Toonerville Trolley Park covers two acres. It also has a few park benches and sidewalks.

“Ideally, Toonerville Trolley Park should be a useful recreational area for everyone as well as a nice place to sit back and enjoy beautiful surroundings,” says James. “What is important though is hearing from the people who live around it and would use the park. Old Louisville is known for Central Park but we should not miss the opportunity to improve our smaller parks that are unique.”

The Old Louisville Information Center is located at 1340 S. Fourth Street.

For more information, contact Councilman James office at 574-1106

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