By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager
A good starting point for envisioning the next 100 years in Louisville would be The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Next week, ground will be broken on the final 2,400 acres of a nearly 4,000 acre donor-supported public park system.
Cherokee, Shawnee and Iroquois parks were once on the outer edge of Louisville, but now form its core.
The Parklands of Floyds Fork are being built on the edge of the city now – running from Shelbyville to Bardstown outside of the Snyder. It will one day also form its core. It is the largest park development project in Jefferson County since the construction of the original Olmsted parks in the late 1800s.
The project is fully funded – all $120 million - thanks to the nonprofit 21st Century Parks and an outpouring of support by private donors and businesses.
We salute all who are part of this effort as well as the many other organizations like Waterfront Park, E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, the Anchorage Trail, Olmsted Park Conservancy, Future Fund and Louisville Metro Parks who make a difference every day in our community by adding new parks, new spray grounds and playgrounds, miles of trails, beautification projects and special projects like the Louisville Loop and Big Four Pedestrian Bridge.
Because of Louisville's large geographic size with a merged city-county government, the city may not rank high on a list of fabulous park systems. But make no mistake, the vision and commitment of the Parklands Project will only enhance what really is a City of Parks.
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