End in sight for construction at Iroquois Park Overlook

End in sight for construction at Iroquois Park Overlook
Published: Jun. 30, 2016 at 8:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2016 at 4:07 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Iroquois Park Northern Overlook is still under construction, but officials anticipate the project to be complete by the end of summer.

Iroquois Park is managed by Metro Parks and the road to the top of the park is accessible by pedestrians and cyclists daily throughout the year. The road is open to motorists from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April to October.

The overlook project has been in the works for two years, but Metro Parks says it will be complete in August at the very latest. Officials are even hopeful for a date in July.

Iroquois Park was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a scenic reservation of forested hillsides and breathtaking vistas, according to city officials. The park features the Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era Iroquois Amphitheater, an open-air theater that accommodates 2,366 people.

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The $1.2 million project is funded by Metro Council and Olmstead Park Conservancy. Council President David Yates says the city deserves this.

"It is beautiful, safe and vibrant," Yates said. "Once you come and see this view of the northern overlook you'll know exactly what I'm talking about," he added.

The 700-plus acre park is open from dawn to dusk and includes archery, basketball, biking, disc golf, golf, grill, hiking trail, horseshoe pit, meeting facilities, walking path, picnic shelter and tables, playground, restrooms, running, spray-ground volleyball, tennis and a wheelchair-accessible playground.

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The overlook will be something unique to Louisville, according to Yates.

"Once you come here and experience the park, you'll want to come back."

Survey results from two years ago revealed visitors didn't want to see concrete, rather materials from the environment, such as stone. The ground was raised nine feet for better visibility. Stone stairways will circle the overlook, allowing visitors to walk and sit to enjoy the view.

"Iroquois Park is a magnet," Yates added.

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