One of my earliest memories of Christmas is getting my first bike. It was a colossal, bright-yellow Huffy. Easily three sizes too large for my small frame, its 50 pounds were way too heavy for my meager muscles to master. My sharpest memory is taking the bike out for its first ride on a surprisingly warmish Christmas afternoon in Virginia. I can still feel the apprehension and nervousness as I mounted the yellow beast and then promptly ran into an oak. I think it was a pin oak or a live oak – not really sure that my tree ID skills were sharp at the time.
I shared this story to share another story. One of my favorite days of the year in The Parklands is the day after Christmas IF it is a nice day. This is a fun day to come out and see everyone enjoying all of Santa’s gifts. If you come out to the park, and it’s warm, you’ll likely see folks fishing along the Fork, innumerable bikers in their shiny new helmets, and the countless footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, lax sticks and other sports gear being deployed on the Greensward and the Egg Lawn.
This is a fun day to remember that the best gifts are those that get to be used all year long. And the best gift of the year to Louisville is a completed Parklands. You now have the nation’s newest, largest, and fully funded urban park system in your backyard. This park’s assets are poised to transform how much Louisville recreates and can elevate our city into one of the nation’s premier outdoor communities.
I hope to see you out in the park in and around the holidays as we watch our city come alive with outdoor activity!
Scott served as the Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork from 2010 to 2017. Tasked with operating the park, Scott served as member of the leadership team that sought to reapply the metropolitan planning and development lessons of Fredrick Law Olmsted in the new century with the wrinkle of the new model being a private/public partnership. Scott joined The Parklands team in 2010 after serving eight years as the Director of Commerce & Leisure Services in Franklin County, VA. In this capacity, he was part of the County’s leadership team overseeing economic development, parks & recreation, tourism, and pilot open space conservation programs. Prior to Franklin County, Scott spent five years working for the Boise (Idaho) Parks and Recreation Department as the Coordinator of Partnerships during which time he provided staff support and conservation planning for the successful $10 million Foothills Open Space Serial Levy campaign that has preserved over 9,000 acres of land to date. Scott holds a MPA (Natural Resource and Environmental Policy with honors) and BA (Political Science) from Boise State University. Scott and his wife spend their free time kayaking, camping, and hiking.
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