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We’re sure you have questions. Between the sheer size, geography, ongoing construction and private/public partnership status—things can get a bit confusing. Below are a few of the common questions regarding The Parklands. If you have additional comments or questions, please send us a message by clicking here.
Built by 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization, The Parklands is a donor-supported public park system totaling nearly 4,000 acres of land across four parks. Beckley Creek Park, Pope Lick Park, Turkey Run Park and Broad Run Park make up The Parklands and are located in eastern and southeastern Louisville along Floyds Fork Creek, a tributary of the Salt River. All four parks, along with The Strand, are now open to the public and are connected by 19 miles of the Louisville Loop, a scenic park drive and include more than 60 miles of new hiking, biking and paddling trails. The Parklands is one of the nation’s largest and most exciting metropolitan parks projects in the country. With more than 2 million visits each year, it is quickly becoming a well-loved destination for Louisville residents and visitors from throughout the region.
The Parklands is beyond the Gene Snyder Freeway between Shelbyville (near Middletown) and Bardstown Roads (near Fern Creek), all in Jefferson County. It follows Floyds Fork, a tributary stream of the Salt River, which is a tributary of the Ohio River.
The northern entrance to The Parklands, the Garden Gateway Entrance of Beckley Creek Park, is located on Shelbyville Rd. across from Valhalla Golf Course, near Middletown/Eastwood. The main entrance to Pope Lick Park is on Taylorsville Rd, east of the Gene-Snyder Freeway but before Taylorsville. Turkey Run Park's northern entrance can be reached by taking Gene Snyder's Billtown Road Exit. Take a left onto Seatonville Road, following the signs to Turkey Run Park. Broad Run Park's southern entrance is off of Bardstown Road just before exiting Jefferson County. The Strand, a collection of land connecting the northern and southern parks via Floyds Fork and the Louisville Loop, can now be accessed at a new park trailhead off of Echo Trail.
21st Century Parks currently manages the park development process, including design and funding. In addition, this nonprofit organization is responsible for the management of park maintenance now and into the future. To learn how you can support The Parklands, click here.
21st Century Parks raised more than $120 million in its Capital Campaign in order to acquire land and construct the park system. This includes $70.5 million from private sources and $49.5 million from public sources. The public money includes $38 million from the federal government, $10 million from the state and $1.5 million from Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government. The annual funding of The Parklands, expected to be about $4 million per year, will be supported by annual membership, private donations, in-park revenue and an endowment. The Parklands will not receive tax-payer support for annual operations. To learn how you can support The Parklands, click here.
History shows that great public parks enhance the quality of life by adding green space, promoting the conservation of nature and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Great public parks are also considered a highly valuable amenity that can generate economic growth and prosperity.
Now! All four parks are now open, along with The Strand. Major construction of The Parklands was completed in 2016.
21st Century Parks engaged the internationally acclaimed design firm of Wallace, Roberts & Todd and completed a Master Plan in November 2008 that included input from countless citizens and stakeholder groups across Louisville and the region. The Marshall Playground and Sprayground opening in June of 2011, representing the first amenity open to the public. The northern portion of Beckley Creek Park, including the fishing lakes, a 2-mile trail, picnic pavilions, roads, and bridges, opened in November of 2012. The Gheens Foundation Lodge and PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation opened in February of 2013. The remainder of Beckley Creek Park and all of Pope Lick Park opened to the public in September of 2013. On July 3, 2013 ground was broken on the largest and final phase of construction, consisting of The Strand, Turkey Run and Broad Run Parks. Turkey Run Park opened in October of 2015, followed by Broad Run Park in April of 2016. The Strand, a narrow stretch connecting Pope Lick and Turkey Run parks and containing portions of the Louisville Loop and Floyds Fork, opened to the public in September of 2016. The Silo Center Bike Park opened in September of 2017 and is open seasonally, as weather permits. The Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden opened to the public in May of 2019.
21st Century Parks is responsible for the operations and maintenance of The Parklands and is committed to the highest standards of maintenance. The Parklands team is focused on delivering a park experience that is safe, clean, fun and beautiful. 21st Century Parks relies on donor-support for annual maintenance of The Parklands.
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a donor-supported public park. It is with your help that we are able to maintain The Parklands for future generations. There are many ways, both financially and not, by which you can contribute:
Call 502-584-0350 or click here to find out more about how you can help support us.
21st Century Parks, the nonprofit responsible for the construction and maintenance of The Parklands, is fortunate to have partners such as Louisville Metro Government, The Future Fund, Inc., Metropolitan Sewer District, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Federal Highway Administration, and the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
There are several ways to keep up with events at The Parklands. The first is our website. Click on “Events” in the top navigation. Our e-newsletter subscribers are the first to find out about upcoming events, and you may sign-up for these monthly emails by clicking here. Another way is by following us on Facebook or Twitter, where we post all the latest news. If you’re in the park, stop by the nearest trailhead to view bulletin boards featuring event calendars and program flyers, or visit the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation and ask one of our rangers about upcoming events.
The parks within The Parklands of Floyds Fork are free and open to the public from dawn until dusk. Many times we offer free events to the public and sometimes we offer events for a small fee. These events generally offer something above and beyond the park amenities, and are usually offered at a discounted price to Parklands Members. The Barklands of Beckley Creek Park are open to members of the Louisville Dog Run Association only, as their membership application ensures all dogs are up-to-date on shots and their dues support the park’s maintenance.
Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky offers canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and bike rentals from April through October, weather permitting. Rentals are offered out of the John Floyd Community Building in Pope Lick Park, 4002 South Pope Lick Road. Parklands Members receive a 10% discount off paddling rentals and $1 off per hour of bike rentals. Become a Parklands Member at www.theparklands.org/Member. For more information on prices, hours and availability, and to make a reservation, visit www.bluemooncanoeky.com or call 502-753-9942.
The Parklands offers many picnic areas available at no cost, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, these are popular areas and the best way to guarantee a space for your event is to reserve it. The Parklands offers both indoor and outdoor spaces to accomodate your next event. To view a full list of our reservable spaces, click here. For pricing and availability, please contact our Facilities Team at 502-815-0277 or email@example.com.
Membership is a vital source of support for The Parklands of Floyds Fork to help maintain this extraordinary public space year after year. 100% of your tax-deductible membership contribution helps us to preserve the current and future trees, trails, landscaping, and facilities allowing each visitor an unparalleled experience. Although The Parklands is free and open to the public, we often offer paid programming at a discount to our members as a thank you for their support. To learn more about becoming a member, click here.
The Parklands are open from dawn to dusk. Facility hours are site-specific and vary based on events. The PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation, which also serves as a park welcome center, is open to the public at hours listed here.
Not quite. The Louisville Loop is a city initiative, and The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a private one. 21st Century Parks partnered with the city of Louisville in order to build a 19-mile section of the Loop within The Parklands, connecting Shelbyville Rd. to Bardstown Rd. The City of Louisville is responsible for planning, funding and constructing the remaining 82 miles in the Loop project. Learn more about the Louisville Loop project and construction progress at www.LouisvilleLoop.org.
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