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From Valley Station to PRP to Shively, volunteers get ready for 2006 Southwest Pride Cleanup Day

Thursday October 19, 2006

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

Louisville – Hundreds of volunteers and elected officials will be joining hands for an important community event on Saturday, October 28th, 2006.

“This will be a major effort towards our goal in improving life in southwest Jefferson County,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14. “Residents, schools and businesses are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and attack one of our biggest problems…trash.”        Henderson, along with Councilman Rick Blackwell (D) 12, are partnering with the Pleasure Ridge Park, Valley Station and Shively Business Associations to sponsor the 2006 Southwest Pride Cleanup Day.

The event is set for 8:00am to 11:00am on October 28th.

“It is amazing how this has just taken off,” says Blackwell. “We have sent out letters to businesses, schools, and community organizations. There is a good indication we could have as many as 300 volunteers.”

Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 is also supporting the effort.

“Councilmen Henderson and Blackwell have been leading the effort for cleaning up the Southwest community and the people of Shively are ready to follow their lead,” she said.

Three locations have been designated for volunteers to begin their work.

PRP volunteers will meet at the GFS Marketplace at 7483 Dixie Highway. Shively volunteers will meet at the Shively Fire Station on Park Drive. Valley Station volunteers will meet at Valley High School on 3920 Dixie Highway.

“We must also recognize the effort of State Representative Charles Miller (D) 28,” says Blackwell. “He is one of the many people who have taken this effort to heart and helped rally the volunteers.”

Several local businesses are supplying gloves, safety vests and garbage bags for crews that will be working along highways. Refreshments will also be provided before and after the cleanup.

While volunteers will be picking up trash, there will also be a chance for dropping off junk with the help of crews from the Metro Public Works Department.

“For years, people have said local government has forgotten about this end of the county,” says Henderson. ”We have been demolishing abandoned houses for sometime now. People are seeing change.”

All of the sponsoring Council members are also hoping that this event will become and on going community-wide effort.

“When people take pride in the place where they live, they can make a difference,” says Blackwell.

For more information about the 2006 Southwest Pride Cleanup Day contact Kathy Graham at 448-8278 or visit

Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Bob Henderson (D) 14