The Home Builders Association of Louisville has signed on to make Louisville and 21st Century Parks a little more green, literally. 21 st Century Parks is the nonprofit organization leading the creation of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a nearly 4,000-acre public parks system along Floyds Fork creek stretching from Shelbyville Road to Bardstown Road.
To help fund this ambitious $75 million construction project, HBAL will donate $5 from each new home construction permit for a donation of up to $50,000 to 21st Century Parks. The Parklands will include more than 100 miles of multi-use recreational trails, 18 miles of the Louisville Loop, children’s playgrOunds, a canoe trail,ball fields and other recreational and natural amenities.
The Parklands will consist of four primary parks-named for the tributaries of
Floyds Fork and each with its own special areas and smaller community parks
within them, The anchor parks will be:
Beckley Creek Park – 616 acres, encompassing the existing Miles Park at
Shelbyville Rd., and stretching to South English Station and Echo Trail;
Pope Lick Park – 575 acres, just south of Beckley Creek Park stretching south approximately 4.5 miles to near Thurman Rd., and incorporating the existing Floyds Fork Park off Taylorsville Road;
Turkey Run Park – 1076 acres stretching 4 miles from Seatonville Road to Broad Run Road;
Broad Run Park – 685 acres, south of Turkey Run Park and stretching south to Bardstown Road.
The Strand ~ A 3.5 mile narrow stretch of connecting land between Pope Lick Park and Turkey Run Park, will encompass another 353 acres.
“We believe that parks can be cityshaping infrastructure and much like other kinds of infrastructure, they work best when you put them in first,” said Dan Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of 21st Century Parks. “The Parklands cut through the heart of the last undeveloped section of Metro Louisville, so as neighborhoods and communities develop in the future, they will already have access to quality parks and greenspace,” Jones added. “We are pleased to have the Home Builders Association of Louisville support of our
efforts to create the finest urban edge in America.”
All the parks withthin The Parklands will be interconnected by a continuous scenic park drive and a 20-mile portion of the Louisville Loop, a paved multi-use hiking, walking and cycling path. The park drive is a series of newly constructed roads in combination with existing roads to provide a beautiful driving experience. Approximately 80 percent of the land will be maintained in its natural state.”We are privileged to live in a city,with thoughtful, fonvard-thinking organizations like 21st Century Parks,”said Chuck Kavanaugh, Executive Vice President, HBAL. “The Parklands project will shape future neighborhoods in our community and be a place of exploration and adventure for generations of Louisvillians to come. We are proud to support 21st Century Parks and their efforts to make Louisville a better place to live and work.”
The new parks system is one of the six largest metropolitan parks projects in the nation. Major construction for the project is planned to begin next spring and be complete in three to five construction seasons.
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