Parklands' Response to June 15, Kayak Incident

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Anna Rosales-Crone

(502) 815-0267

acrone@21cparks.org

Louisville, Ky. (June 16, 2016) —The entire Parklands family is saddened by the tragic kayaking accident that occurred on Floyds Fork yesterday. We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the woman who lost her life.

Our park rangers worked closely with emergency responders yesterday evening and we continue to coordinate with them as the incident is being investigated.

While the visitors involved in the accident did not rent their equipment from The Parklands’ vendor, the safety of park visitors is of utmost importance to us. Outdoor adventure sports, like paddling, carry inherent risks and we routinely review and update our safety recommendations.

We will continue to work with emergency response teams on the investigation and encourage anyone participating in water sports on Kentucky streams to be familiar with water safety recommendations.

About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. The $125 million project was funded through more than $70 million in private donations, combined with almost $50 million from federal, state and local government sources. Ongoing operations and maintenance are funded solely through private donations and an endowment fund. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at www.theparklands.org/member.

One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system.

 

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