Park lovers pleased about plan to reopen Otter Creek

Michelle and Billy Sauls
Michelle and Billy Sauls
Kevin Triplett
Kevin Triplett

Louisville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – 18 months after it was closed due to budget cuts by Louisville Metro Government, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Governor Steve Beshear announced June 16 that Otter Creek Park will be operated by the state and reopened under a different name, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreational Area.

The park closed in 2009 because of budget issues. Before the closure, it is estimated 500,000 people visited the park every year. For many years, the City of Louisville, followed by Louisville Metro, owned the Meade County park. The new owner will be the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The announcement brought a smile to the park lovers.

"I think it's great. Yeah, they need to. I mean, a lot of people from around here (Meade County) used it and a lot of people from Louisville used it," said Michelle Sauls.

Sauls told us she visited the park regularly with her family when it was open.

"We'd go on the hiking trails and {go on picnics} and things like that," Sauls said. "I thought it was a mistake that they closed it. They should have left that open."

Kevin Triplett is a former marketing employee at Otter Creek employee and said he is glad to see the park will reopen under new management.

"The park had been struggling, and during this terrible period that we're all in, everyone is feeling it, all our parks," Triplett said, who worked there for 13 years and is now employed by the Metro Council. "I'm just excited and I hope the public will take advantage of this opportunity to get out and visit the park."

The park features trails for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding, camping, picnic areas, fishing and hunting during statewide seasons. There is one change - a fee. State officials said people will have to pay some sort of fee to use the park. Under the new agreement, Camp Piomingo will remain open.

The park, located 30 miles southwest of Louisville, will open in the spring of 2011.

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