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Louisville has scored near the bottom on a new ranking of park systems in the nation’s 40 largest cities. The city came in 38th.

The Trust for Public Land scored the park systems on criteria including park size, the city’s investments in the parks and park access, which measures the percentage of residents living with a half-mile of a park. On a scale of zero to five park benches, Louisville received one lonely park bench.

The city did well on measurements of park size, thanks to behemoths like the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cherokee and Shawnee parks, but the city didn’t do so well on park access. [click to continue…]

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Eastern Parkway to Close for Tree Removal

by Gabe Bullard May 7, 2012

A two-block stretch of Eastern Parkway will be closed for several hours over the next few days. Louisville Metro Parks crews are removing four pin oak trees that are reportedly diseased and damaged. The department will close Eastern Parkway between Baxter and Quadrant avenues from 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Traffic will […]

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City Seeks Input on McNeely Lake Park Master Plan

by Erica Peterson 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 […]

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Metro Parks Will Hold Forum on Ash Borer Tonight

by Erica Peterson August 25, 2011

Metro Government officials are warning that the Emerald Ash Borer could do significant damage in Louisville. The invasive pest, which infects and eventually kills ash trees, has been in Kentucky since 2009, and the Parks Department will hold a forum about the insect tonight. As their name suggests, the insects are emerald-colored and infect ash […]

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Parks Damaged By Storms, Heat Slows Cleanup

by Gabe Bullard July 20, 2011

Crews with Louisville Metro Parks will spend the next two weeks cleaning up damage from last night’s severe storms. Chicasaw and Shawnee parks as well the parkways and Flaget Center saw the most damage. Crews spent much of today finding and moving fallen trees and hanging limbs that posed dangers to park visitors. Metro Parks […]

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“Save The Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion” Group To Ask For City Funds

by Sheila Ash February 21, 2011

City officials have previously said they do not plan to put any money toward repairing the pavilion.

Madigan says the pavilion deserves money from the city, because it has generated rental income for Metro Parks for years.

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Four Metro Parks Pools Open This Weekend

by scrosby May 28, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby Louisville Metro Parks is opening its four outdoor pools this weekend. Spokesperson Jason Cissell says they traditionally open the pools over Memorial Day weekend, but sometimes they don’t get a lot of initial turnout. “We’re pretty optimistic about this weekend,” says Cissell, “a lot of times come Memorial Day weekend, the temperatures […]

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Meeting Tomorrow for Petersburg Park Master Plan

by scrosby May 24, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby Metro Parks officials are considering ways to update Petersburg Park in Newburg. Senior Planner Lisa Hite says a lot of people use the 28-acre park, and many have voiced opinions on how the park can be improved. Hite says planners will present four possible plans for the park at a public meeting […]

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Public Meeting Tomorrow for Louisville Loop Plans

by scrosby May 10, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby Louisville Metro Parks planners will reveal the route for the northeast portion of the Louisville Loop tomorrow night at a public meeting. Senior Planner Lisa Hite says the section of the loop of bicycle and walking trails between Prospect and Shelbyville Road was particularly challenging, because there aren’t many existing parks that […]

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Public Meeting This Week for Hogan's Fountain Changes

by scrosby February 15, 2010

The Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park is in line for some updates, and the final public meeting about the changes will be held this week. Metro Parks Senior Planner Lisa Hite says it’s a heavily used section of the park, and they’re simply looking to update the area, while maintaining the Olmsted design. She […]

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