Louisville Kentucky: A City of Parks

Before I delved into real estate, I hadn’t yet heard of Louisville called a City of Parks. While the concept is worthwhile and innovative, their marketing efforts (thus far) have been a bit underwhelming.

City of Parks: Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville is a City of Parks. And they keep growing!

What began in 2005 has been slowly building towards a vision of what community leaders call “Louisville’s Greenprint.” When I read the 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Expansion of parkland in Jefferson Memorial Forest and Southwest Louisville Metro.
  3. A 100-mile paved metro loop trail around Louisville Metro’s perimeter will tie together Louisville’s diverse parks and neighborhoods.
  4. 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.

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