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Metro Parks Seeks Input on a Greenway System Planned for Southwest Jefferson County

Thursday September 8, 2011

A Community Workshop will be held on September 24th to present suggested routes for a greenway trail system that will connect neighborhoods in southwestern and southern Louisville.

Metro Parks is creating a master plan for a new trail system called the Southwest Greenways. The plan will make recommendations for trails throughout one-quarter of the city in the area loosely as south of I-264 and west of I-65 (map is available upon request). These trails will provide connections to existing and future segments of the Louisville Loop and offer area residents a healthier alternative for travel between neighborhoods, parks, shopping, schools, and work. This system will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists while exploring new opportunities for equestrians, paddlers, and mountain bikers.

Planners are seeking input from area residents. The plan recommendations will directly impact several area neighborhoods including Fairdale, Hollyvilla, Medora, Valley Station, Pleasure Ridge Park, Riverport, Hazelwood, Shively, Beechmont, and Kenwood Hill. “The proposed routes provide ways for hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders to experience more of the area’s resources, by connecting area parks like Waverly, Iroquois, and Jefferson Forest to each other as well as to neighborhoods,” said Carolyn Cromer, Project Manager for the Parks Department. “We want to hear feedback from more area residents as to whether these connections will serve their needs.”

In addition to presenting alternative greenway routes, project planners will address issues and concerns commonly associated with such trails including safety and security, private property rights, and user interaction on trails.

The Community Workshop will be held at St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, 1850 Bluegrass Avenue. The event will run from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, with check-in and a continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 am. The Community Workshop is free to the public but registration is required. Interested parties may register on line at http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb443203821 or call Chris Gary at 502.627.8940.