LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Fairdale community broke ground on a new park Friday afternoon. It will be Louisville Metro’s 121st park, and is a huge sign of accomplishment in the area.
The half-acre piece of land is right off Mitchell Hill Road, next to the new roundabout.
It’s just one of the many results of years of hard work for local elected officials, like Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-District 13). Only two days ahead of her retirement, Welch said she sees this park as a going away present to her district.
“This is the icing on the cake,” Welch said. “A great way to go out.”
The naming of the park will be left up to the community, much like the entire park plan. Welch said many residents gathered to help plan out what goes in the park.
The park, temporarily called Fairdale Village Green Space, will have concert seating with a bandstand and a dance floor Welch said the park could not do without. It will also include a veterans’ memorial, the entrance to the Jefferson Memorial Forrest and a connection to the Louisville Loop.
“There’s a lot going on out here, a whole lot going on," Welch said. "We have this beautiful recreational area of the city that is unknown to a lot of people who live here.”
District 13 is home to the largest urban forest in the nation -- the Jefferson Memorial Forest. Welch said they’re trying to turn the community into the recreational paradise it is and she has been working for over 12 years to represent change in her district.
One of the more obvious signs of that positive change is the completion of the well-debated roundabout on the West Manslick Road and Mount Holly Road corridor.
Coincidentally, an extra $300,000 fell on their laps after it was finally complete. That’s money now put aside for the park, also part of a larger Fairdale Village Center Plan.
“This is been a labor of love by many people through many years and it’s a wonderful send-off for Vicki, even though she’s not going anywhere,” State Rep. Jeff Donohue (D-Louisville) said.
Donohue has been working with Welch over the years on these plans and he said they are making a difference already. He said people are beginning to see how much the area offers, all thanks to those who care most.
“Now, it’s time for rest and relaxation,” Welch said.
While Welch can look forward to a happy retirement, the work isn’t over yet. Welch said she will be involved as much as she can.
She and Donohue said there are tons of new projects in motion, some having to do with the park, which will be done by Summer 2019.