Monday May 16, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the public will help decide the long-term use of the former River Road Country Club property.
Beginning June 1, citizens will have access to the 63-acre property – which operated for more than 50 years as a private country club – to consider potential recreational uses. Metro Parks and the Louisville Water Company will collect written public input for the next six weeks and will host a public-planning forum on July 14.
“We are committed to ensuring this greenspace is there for our residents and the benefit of our community, and will consider all ideas for the best public use of this property,” Abramson said. “The recreation corridor along River Road is a significant part of our effort to make Louisville a City of Parks.”
Currently, there are 461 acres of public parkland along River Road between downtown and Indian Hills Trail.
The River Road Country Club property will remain closed until June while Metro Parks and Water Company crews prepare it for public access. Metro Parks is cutting the grass to lengths comparable to a public park. The clubhouse, tennis courts and swimming pool are in disrepair and will remain closed until the property’s long-term use is determined.
Louisville Metro owns 36 acres of the property, while the Water Company owns 27 acres. Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz said the city and the Water Company are working cooperatively to improve upkeep of the property, which had been untouched since flooding in January. Because citizens have been invited to visit the property, golf will not be permitted – although the former golf course greens will be maintained.
“We're maintaining the greens in case golf is part of the ultimate use for the land,” Heitz said, adding it is less expensive to maintain greens over time rather than reconditioning an overgrown green.
Those wishing to submit comments about how the property should be used can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to P.O. Box 37280, Louisville KY 40233-7280. Information about the public-input process for the River Road property is available online at www.metro-parks.org.
The public also is invited to participate in a planning forum on July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower at River Rd. and Zorn Ave. Parks officials will be in attendance with maps and other material outlining the parks system’s current amenities.