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Public meeting to outline plans for Iroquois Park playground

Friday June 30, 2006

Metro Parks has scheduled a public meeting to discuss a planned $1.4 million project to build a large handicapped-accessible playground and restore the Sunnyhill Pavilion in Iroquois Park.  The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2006, in the Olmsted Room at the Iroquois Amphitheater, which is located near New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive.

The "Play Together" playground is being funded by Louisville Metro Government, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the DREAM Foundation.  It includes playground equipment for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, a water play area, a new restroom building, parking improvements, and walking paths.  The playground will feature play equipment that accommodates all children, regardless of whether or not they have physical disabilities.  Construction will begin this fall, and is scheduled for completion next spring.  This will be the largest playground in the Metro Parks system.

This is the second "Play Together" playground built by the three partners.  A smaller accessible playground opened two years ago in Des Pres Park, on Lowe Road near Taylorsville Road.

As part of the Iroquois Park project, Metro Parks will also restore the Sunnyhill Pavilion, which has been out of service for several years.

Metro Parks is pursuing a $75,000 Land & Water Conservation Fund grant to support the playground project; this grant would be matched using $75,000 in budgeted Metro Parks capital funds.  The Land & Water Conservation Fund provides federal funds to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities.  It is administered in Kentucky by the Governor's Office for Local Development.  This public meeting will allow citizens to offer input that will be included with the final grant application.