Tuesday December 1, 2009
LOUISVILLE – A West Louisville open house on December 10 offers a detailed look at existing and planned sections of the Louisville Loop, as well as information on "walkability" assessments recently completed in three urban neighborhoods.
The informal meeting – which takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Shawnee Golf Course clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway – is being organized by Metro Parks and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Citizens can drop in at their convenience to see plans and discuss them with city officials.
"This open house is a chance to get the scoop on one of our city's great projects, the Louisville Loop," said Abramson, who will attend to kick off the meeting with remarks at 3 p.m. "It's also an opportunity for citizens to learn about efforts to make their neighborhoods more walkable, so they can reach the Loop on foot."
Health Department officials will present the results of walkability assessments recently completed in the Chickasaw, Portland and Smoketown neighborhoods. The assessments are part of an effort by the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement to review walking conditions in Louisville neighborhoods and to promote awareness of the health benefits of the Louisville Loop in downtown and west Louisville neighborhoods. The assessments are funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of the national Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities campaign.
The Louisville Loop, a key component of Mayor Abramson's City of Parks initiative to expand and improve Louisville's public parks, is a paved multi-use path encircling the city that will measure more than 100 miles when complete. It offers recreational and alternative transportation routes for cyclists, joggers and walkers. Sections of the Loop will also accommodate horseback riders.
Currently, approximately 23 miles of the path are complete. That section, known as the Ohio River Levee Trail and the Riverwalk, extends from downtown’s Waterfront Park to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.
Future segments will include:
· a southwest route, from the Ohio River Levee Trail and Riverwalk to Bardstown Road, near McNeely Lake Park;
· the Floyds Fork Greenway, from Bardstown Road to Shelbyville Road, passing through new parks being developed by 21st Century Parks;
· a northeast route, from Shelbyville Road to River Road;
· a route along the Ohio River corridor, leading from the northeast suburbs to Waterfront Park;
· paths along the Olmsted Parkways.
Citizens can sign up for e-mail updates about the Louisville Loop by visiting www.metro-parks.org/cityofparks.
Directions to the Shawnee Golf Course clubhouse from Downtown Louisville:
Take I-64 west; follow exit 1 onto I-264 east. From I-264, take exit 1 for Bank Street and Northwestern Parkway. Cross Bank Street and take 38th Street to Northwestern Parkway. Turn left onto Northwestern Parkway and watch for the golf course on the right.
Bicyclists can connect with the Riverwalk at Waterfront Park and follow the trail to 30th Street. Cross under the railroad bridge and follow Northwestern Parkway west; watch for the golf course on the right.
Visit www.ridetarc.org to plan your trip to the Shawnee Golf Course clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.