On February 22, 2005, former Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Parks announced a multi-million dollar, multi-year initiative to add thousands of acres of park land and protected green space to Louisville Metro's "greenprint." 

This effort builds upon the groundwork laid by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted over a century ago, and will complete Louisville's transformation into a City of Parks.

The City of Parks initiative includes:

  • Acquisition and development of new park land:
    • The Park Lands of Floyds Fork – 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.
    • Expansion of park land in Jefferson Memorial Forest and Southwest Louisville Metro.
  • A paved Louisville Loop shared-use path of more than 100 miles around the community that will tie together Louisville's diverse parks and neighborhoods.
  • New outdoor recreation and nature education programs.
  • Opportunities for park users to get involved.


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Read recent news updates. For opportunities to offer formal feedback on individual projects taking place under the Mayor's "City of Parks" banner,click here.

This is the most comprehensive effort to grow and improve Louisville’s park system since the creation of the Olmsted parks in the 1890s. The addition of land in the Floyds Fork corridor is the single largest addition to the park system since the expansion of Jefferson Memorial Forest in the 1970s.

To find out more about Metro Parks Planning and Design Projects, click here.


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Economic Benefits of Parks:

Six reasons why land conservation makes good economic sense:

  • Parks often increase the value of nearby properties, along with tax revenue. 
  • Parks attract businesses and employees in search of a high quality of life.
  • Parks attract tourists and boost recreation spending. 
  • Parks reduce health care costs and obesity by supporting exercise and recreation.
  • Working lands (forests and farms) contribute more money to a community than the cost of the services they require.
  • Conserved open space helps safeguard drinking water, clean the air, and prevent flooding -- services provided much more expensively by other means.

    Source: Benefits of Parks, Trust for Public Land

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