Rick Blackwell is a charter member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Council. He was re-elected in November 2008, 2012, and 2016 and represents the areas Pleasure Ridge Park, Riverport, and parts of Valley Station and Iroquois neighborhoods.
Councilman Blackwell has served in a number of leadership roles on the council. He has been elected Caucus Chair and in 2007 was elected President of the Council. In 2011, he was selected as Chair of the Redistricting Committee to redistrict the 26 Metro Council district boundaries.
In 2018, the Councilman serves as Chair of the Metro Council’s Appropriations Committee. He is also a member of the Appointments Committee and the Budget Committee.
He is particularly proud of his work with schools and youth in the district. Each month during the school year District 12 elementary and middle school students participate in Blackwell’s Bookworms, a program to encourage youth to read. He has helped install playgrounds at three elementary schools in the district and secured the funds for the renovation of Valley Sports Baseball/Softball Complex and helped add Challenger Field. He has also spearheaded the redevelopment of Riverview Park, which now includes a Splash park.
Councilman Blackwell works diligently with local businesses and residents to attract development to our area. He has spearheaded the Dixie Highway Redevelopment project and turned an initial investment of $70,000 from the District 12 CIF in 2009 into more than $50 million in local, state and federal funding. He is proud of the collaborative efforts that the Dixie Do-Over has spurred and believes that the public involvement has contributed to improving the scope of the project and keeping the momentum going. Construction of a sidewalk on the east side of the Watterson Expressway exchange will be underway in the summer of 2017. The New Dixie Highway project includes Bus Rapid Transit and TARC station improvements throughout the entirety of the Corridor as wells as “complete streets” with sidewalk improvements, raised medians, and enhanced landscaping set to be installed from Crums Lane to Greenwood Road.
Riverview Park, formerly known as the Greenwood Boat Docks, is an important project for Councilman Blackwell and the entire Southwest community. Phase 1 of the Riverview Park Masterplan was implemented in 2011 including an updated boat ramp and parking lot, an architecturally award-winning bathroom building, and a very popular spray ground. While funding for the remaining phases has not been available, Councilman Blackwell continues to add to the Park’s amenities each year using District 12 CIF funding and capital projects including the addition of a new pavilion, additional swings to enjoy the view, MetroWatch security cameras and free WiFi. New improvements this year include a new pavilion and parking lot along Cane Run and a grass amphitheater area.
Councilman Blackwell does his utmost to stay in touch with the people of District 12. He hosts a District Dialogue quarterly throughout the year. Each dialogue features a different agency of local government in addition to having representatives from MSD, Codes and Regulations, Louisville Metro Police Department, and Congressman Yarmuth’s Office. Councilman Blackwell also sends out newsletters bi-annually and an eNewsletter weekly. Councilman Blackwell also provides an opportunity to discuss issues, questions and concerns with his Coffee With Your Councilman. These less structured events take place one Saturday a month at 10:00 am at local coffee shops. Call his office at 502.574.1112 or visit us on Facebook for dates and locations.