Mayor Announces Upgrades for West Louisville’s Algonquin Park
Friday October 1, 2010
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Third District Councilwoman Mary Woolridge and Metro Parks officials gathered at Algonquin Park in west Louisville today to announce $880,000 in improvements to the 16-acre park, located at Cypress Street and Burwell Avenue.
The $880,000 project, which is expected to be completed in early 2011, will greatly improve the usage and look of the west side of the park, one of 18 Olmsted-designed parks in Louisville. Included will be a new, 800-square foot pavilion to be used as a stage for events; a 3/8 mile concrete walking path, a new football field with goal posts; a new baseball field with backstop; and renovated bathrooms along with new benches and accessible picnic areas.
“Families in west Louisville have enjoyed Algonquin Park for generations,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “But the park was built in 1928, and it was starting to show its age. These improvements will allow folks to continue to enjoy the park for generations to come while adding new recreation opportunities.”
"I am very happy to see continued improvements in Algonquin Park. The restroom renovations are a major need for the park,” Woolridge said. “I know my constituency will be especially thrilled to have a new pavilion and the new ball parks. I have gladly partnered with Metro Parks over the years by investing District 3 funds in anticipation of these improvements. Together we celebrate a new day coming to Algonquin Park."
In addition to the aesthetic improvements, access to the park will also be improved for pedestrians and vehicles. Two new entrances from Beech Street at the northeast and northwest corners of the park will be created, as well as new pedestrian access to the park from Dr. W. J. Hodges Street. There will also be increased parking on Burwell Avenue for the park and a new service road for the park’s outdoor swimming pool. The road will alleviate some of Algonquin’s traffic during the summertime.
“Construction is already underway, and there’s expected to be minimal disruption to park users as construction takes place,” Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz said. “By next spring, park users will be enjoying a much-improved Algonquin Park.”
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