Saturday October 12, 2013
For Immediate Release:
Louisville MEtro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Louisville –A new stage, walking paths, a playground and much more are part of the major improvements announced for Sun Valley Park by Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14) during the Southwest Community Festival on Saturday.
“The Sun Valley Park Improvement Plan will be in phases and ultimately will enhance this park with more recreational features for the people of Southwest Louisville,” said Fowler. “I want to thank LG&E for partnering with Metro Parks and my office to make this happen.”
LG&E has committed to building a permanent stage in the front of the park. The stage can be used for the Southwest Festival and for other events throughout the year. It will be approximately 26’ x 50’.
The company has committed to a two phase plan for construction of walking paths for the park. The first phase will see the placement of an 8 foot wide walking path around the perimeter of the field in the stage area. Then, in Phase Two, a 10 foot wide multi use path will be built from the Sun Valley Community Center to the ball fields also connecting to Lower River Road for easier access to the park during special events. This phase will also include an 8 foot wide walking path around the perimeter of the large field to the west of the center.
“The outstanding generosity of LG&E and the dedication and support that Councilwoman Fowler has shown for Sun Valley clearly illustrate the great things that can happen through public/private partnerships,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz. “And the new walking paths and other improvements are right in step with the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown movement, providing even more fitness opportunities for the community.”
Councilwoman Fowler will commit just over $200,000 in District 14 Capital Infrastructure Funds and General Fund dollars to rebuild two tennis courts and two basketball courts from the four existing tennis courts which have fallen into disrepair over the years. The funding also covers a playground for the ball field side making it easy for children and families who use the park.
“With these changes anyone who wants to exercise will be able to drop the kids off at the playground and then run or walk,” says Fowler. “We believe these changes will increase the use of this park.”
Sun Valley’s soccer fields are being redone this fall to alleviate drainage issues and expand the length of one of the fields. New, permanent bleachers are being constructed this winter to be placed at the baseball and soccer fields next spring.
Depending on the weather, Phase 1 is projected to be completed by spring 2014. Phase 2 is expected to be done by the summer of 2014.
“Many of these improvements will be finished in the Spring of 2014,” said Fowler. “It is an exciting time for District 14 and the Southwest in general.
For more information about the Sun Valley Park Improvement plan, contact Councilwoman Fowler’s office at 574-1114
Cindi Fowler (D) 14