Before I delved into real estate, I hadn’t yet heard Louisville called a City of Parks. While the concept is worthwhile and innovative, their marketing efforts (thus far) have been a bit underwhelming.
What began in 2005 has been slowing building towards a vision of what community leaders call “Louisville’s Greenprint.” When I read news today about a 300-mile park that stretched from Georgia into our fair state of Kentucky, I thought it must have something to do with this ‘City of Parks’ effort. Turns out I was wrong and that green is apparently the new black.
For those of you who haven’t heard, here are some of the efforts underway to make Louisville a model for other park interested cities:
- Floyds Fork Greenway Project – an effort led by 21st Century Parks to create a new system of parks, trails and open spaces along Floyds Fork, from Shelbyville Road to Bardstown Road.
- Expansion of park land in Jefferson Memorial Forest and Southwest Louisville Metro.
- A 100-mile paved metro loop trail around Louisville Metro’s perimeter that will tie together Louisville’s diverse parks and neighborhoods.
- An unprecedented level of capital investment to improve existing parks.
These efforts should go a long way to set Louisville apart from surrounding states in green space and outdoor activities.