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TARC Takes Public Comment on Louisville Loop Service

The Transit Authority of River City is taking public comments on a proposed new bus service that connects various parks to the Louisville Loop.

Two people showed up for an open house on the plan Tuesday afternoon. One of them, John Owen,  said TARC should improve its current services, rather than add more.

“To me the service should attract and appeal to the masses. You know healthy hometown grant aside or not they’re extending the 63 bus to cover this so why could not our regular 43 and 27 route cover this?” he said.

The other half of the audience, Friends of the Louisville Loop member Stewart Burn, said the route will help familiarize people with the loop.

“It’ll be a good first start,” he says.  “You know we’ll see how people use it and primarily I understand that this is meant for people that aren’t exercising, that aren’t biking or aren’t walking to get them interested and show them where the route starts.”

TARC is funding the service with $300,000 from a federal grant, and the money can’t be used on other services. TARC did, however, recently use federal money to improve two existing routes.”

The grant will cover the new route for one year. Service begins in May.

TARC will accept comments online or by phone or mail until March 18th.

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Metro Parks Seeking Input On Louisville Loop Exercise Path

by Sheila Ash

Metro Parks is seeking public input on signage for an exercise path around the city.

Runners, walkers and cyclists are invited to the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse Monday evening to discuss the development of a sign direction master plan for the Louisville Loop.

The Loop is a 100 mile shared-use paved path taking people from the Ohio River through several parks around the community.

A 7.9 million dollar federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helping to fund the master plan project.

The meeting at 6:30 pm.

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Meeting This Week On Louisville Loop Section

By Sheila Aash

Louisville Metro Parks will have a meeting Tuesday night on the planned section of the Louisville Loop in southwest Jefferson County.

Metro Parks Community Manager, Margaret Brosko says officials are looking for the public’s input.

“We want to know what the public wants and we listen to all their ideas, all of their suggestions and then come back and say okay now how can we meet the needs of what the public thinks is going to be the best possible route and the best possible solution,” she said.

The meeting is at the Farnsley-Moreman Landing and will begin with an open house at 5:30 pm. At 7 pm planners will present information on the Louisville Loop.

When complete, the Loop will be a 100 mile paved trail encircling the city for cyclists, joggers and walkers.

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Public Meeting Tomorrow for Louisville Loop Plans

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 could be connected.

“In some places the trail will be right next to roadways, some places we’ll be able to pull off and have the luxury of going through the edge of a park or something like that,” says Hite, “but it’s a very built-up, fairly developed part of the community, so it was challenging from that area.”

Hite says the general route will be disclosed to the public tomorrow, but changes will still likely be made after public comment and when they enter the design part of the project. The meeting is tomorrow evening at six at Locust Grove.

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City Plans to Apply for New Federal Art-Related Grant

Louisville plans to apply for a new funding program from the National Endowment for the Arts. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Last week, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the agency will award a limited number of grants for up to $250,000 to cities for arts-related projects, including planning arts districts, promoting artists and using art to enhance parks and neighborhoods.

Landesman unveiled the grant program, which will come through the agency’s Mayors’ Institute on City Design, during the US Conference of Mayors’ recent meeting.

Louisville Metro government will pursue a grant, says Mayor Jerry Abramson’s spokesman, Chris Poynter.

“Louisville is definitely going to be looking at applying for these and determine what we need to be funded,” he says. “So, we have lots of things on the table that potentially could be good for this money.”

Poynter says the city could apply for funds related to the Louisville Loop, a trail planned to encircle the city and be part of the city’s parks.

“One of the key components of that that we think is important is when we design the Louisville Loop, we’re going to need bridges,” Poynter says. “And those bridges should just not be normal, standard bridges; they should be works of art that are done by local artists. We want art on the loop.”

Poynter also says the funds could be applied to the city’s public-art project that is being unveiled next month. Mayor Jerry Abramson announced in 2008 that the city was spending $50,000 to develop the plan.

Poynter says the city had originally wanted to unveil the plan last fall.

“It took us a little bit longer than we’d expected because we wanted to identify a funding stream — a way to physically fund public art in this city,” he says. “But we didn’t want to institute new fees or new taxes.”

Poynter says the city will identify that funding stream next month.


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Open House on Walkability Reports Set For Tomorrow

An open house tomorrow will be the first chance for the public to see the results of walkability studies conducted by the health department in three Louisville neighborhoods.

Parks department spokesperson Jason Cissell says the studies of Chickasaw, Portland and Smoketown are still open to input from the public.

“So it’s an opportunity to not only see the study, see the recommendations, but also continue to provide feedback,” says Cissell, “which will be helpful, not only for those studies, but the city is planning to do more studies in the future and the more we know about how people react to those, the better we can manage those projects in the future.”

Cissell says there will also be information at the open house about the Louisville Loop – the plan to create over 100 miles of walking and bicycling paths around the city.

The open house is set for tomorrow afternoon from three to seven at the Shawnee Golf Course clubhouse.