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Earth Day Program at Beargrass Falls

Friday April 18, 2014

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

Louisville – Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) invites everyone to a very special Earth Day event planned in Butchertown this year as a way of showing how the transformation of Beargrass Creek is having an impact on the neighborhood surrounding Karen Lynch Park.

“There are many exciting things happening around Beargrass Creek and what better time than Earth Day to invite the community to come out and learn how we are transforming this area,” says Ward-Pugh.

On Tuesday, April 22nd, Ward-Pugh, the University of Louisville and MSD will host a special educational program at Karen Lynch Park entitled “Earth Day at Beargrass Falls.” The event will focus on the future potential of Beargrass Creek as a natural corridor and a neighborhood asset and a healthy  restored stream at Karen Lynch Park. 

          The program will include:  

  • The dedication of Beargrass Falls
  • Demonstration of research projects sponsored by  U of L , MSD, the UK Extension Service and Waterstep
  • U of L’s honors Seminar of Beargrass Creek Recommendations
  • Voyageur Canoe trips – before and after the program
  • Interpretive Walks on the Beargrass Creek Greenway
  • Community boat house display of local natural history and local maps 

“This project is a great example of how multiple partners can work together to raise awareness and help make the community more sustainable.  Waterway protection and restoration is vital to achieving the city’s sustainability goals identified in Louisville’s sustainability plan, Sustain Louisville” said Maria Koetter, director of the city’s Office of Sustainability.

“For many years, there have been efforts to improve the water quality of Beargrass Creek.” says Ward-Pugh. “Many groups, both public and private, have been working for decades to clean up and restore the natural features of the area. Involving Honors Class students at U of L to research and recommend next steps has been a tremendous partnership. We invite everyone to come out Earth day to see the results of their work and other exciting demonstration projects.”

For more information about Earth Day at Beargrass Falls, contact Councilwoman Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109. 

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9