City Seeks Input on McNeely Lake Park Master Plan

by Erica Peterson on September 12, 2011

Louisville Metro Parks will hold a public meeting tomorrow to collect comments on the future of McNeely Lake Park. The 740-acre park in southeast Louisville is the last of the city’s large parks without a master plan.

The park has trails, a stable and, as the name implies, a lake. The master plan is meant to identify what—if anything—needs to be changed or updated at the park.

“It’s time to sort of assess where we are with [the park], do a really good inventory of what are the existing natural and cultural resources,” said Lisa Hite, Senior Planner at Metro Parks. “There’s interest in circulation, maybe improving circulation because some parts of the park aren’t really connected by road.”

Hite says they’re looking for information on a variety of topics.

“And we’ll be talking with the community about what they like about the park and what they don’t like and kind of what their vision might be for it,” she said.

Hite says the city is also considering routing the Louisville Loop through the park. She says everyone who uses the park is invited to come to the public meeting and give input. The plan should be completed by next summer—then the next step is to find the money to make it happen.

The meeting is tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Wilt Elementary School.

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