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Iroquois Park storm clean up part of a public private partnership

Monday April 21, 2008

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

When unusual storms moved through Metro Louisville in January, Iroquois Park saw damage when several huge trees were blown over on Palatka and Dogwood near the riding stables.

Now, neighbors in the area along with Deweese Tree Service want to give Metro Parks a hand in cleaning up the damage.

“I applaud the Stone Hill Neighborhood for stepping up and taking a proactive move to clean up the storm damage,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15.

On Wednesday, April 23rd members of the Neighborhood Association, Metro Parks employees and Deweese will clear out the damaged area at no cost to Metro Parks. The fallen trees and the stumps will be removed.

“Those of us who live near this park, and enjoy it with our families, should be willing to take some pride and help keep the park beautiful,” says John Coffman, owner of Coffman Sporting Goods, who has lived near the park for 45 years.

Metro Parks, like other departments of government, has been faced with finding ways to cut its operating budget this year in light of a $9.4 million deficit. There was no money in the budget to clear the away the storm damage.

“This public private partnership, benefiting Iroquois Park, will be the first of many of these efforts,” says Butler.

Marianne Butler (D) 15