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Blackwell invites community to grand opening of the Rose Farm Park Interpretive Center

Thursday May 31, 2012

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

Louisville – What was once just simple farm land is now the newest green space to enhance the ongoing efforts to beautify Dixie Highway. On Friday, June 15th, Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) will join MSD officials and others for the official opening of Rose Farm Park.

“This is a great day for the people in our area. This project shows how we can maintain the environment while enhancing the beauty of the community,” says Blackwell. “I know many people will enjoy it and at the same time learn more about sustainability and the environment.”

Rose Farm Park will be officially dedicated at 2:00pm. This new green space, that was once slated to be a car lot, instead now showcases “green” features like rain gardens, pervious pavers, stone walkways, use of recycled material and solar lights.

“This is one of the first steps in our overall review of how to improve Dixie Highway,” says Blackwell. “The current corridor study is looking at ways to enhance transportation and economic development. However, we cannot forget about important areas such as green space in the southwest.”

Development of the Interpretive Center was a requirement by MSD as part of the federal consent decree which calls for $46 million dollars in the development of green infrastructure and reduction of storm water runoff. The recently announced streetscape improvements on East Market Street in the NuLu Neighborhood include components that will also satisfy the federally mandated agreement.

Rose Farm Park is located at 4500 Rose Farm Drive.

If you would like more information, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112.

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