About Rick Blackwell
Rick Blackwell is a charter member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Council. He was re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 and represents Pleasure Ridge Park and parts of the Riverport, Valley Station and Shively neighborhoods.
Councilman Blackwell has served in several leadership roles while on the council including Caucus Chair, President of the Council (2007), Chair of the Redistricting Committee (2011), and was a member of the Redistricting Committee (2021) to assist with the redistricting of the 26 Metro Council district boundaries.
In 2023, he will Chair the newly merged Budget and Appropriations Committee. He is also a member of the Government Oversight/Audit and Appointments Committee.
He is particularly proud of his work with schools and youth in the district. He has helped install playgrounds at four elementary schools in the district and secured the funds for the renovation of Valley Sports Baseball/Softball Complex and helped add Challenger Field.
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 New Dixie Highway Project has spurred and believes that the public involvement has contributed to improving the scope of the project and keeping the momentum going. Construction for the New Dixie Highway began in late 2017 and was completed in late 2020. The project is designed to make this Dixie Corridor safer for motorists and pedestrians, while also improving the overall look of Dixie Highway. Design improvements include installation of new sidewalks, raised concrete and landscaped medians to reduce the number of left-hand turns from and onto the roadway, and the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit line.
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 completed in 2011 and included an updated boat ramp and parking lot, an architecturally award-winning bathroom building, and a very popular spray ground. 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. In 2017, a new pavilion and parking lot along Cane Run and a grass amphitheater area were added. The popularity of this location created a need for more space and structures. In 2021, he was excited to be able to add to the existing splashpad a Twinsplash, Astra No. 2 and Luna No. 1 play fixtures that are unique to Louisville. This added tremendous play value, and allows more families the opportunity to enjoy this amenity. He looks forward to the next addition of four pickleball courts.
The Riverview Independence Festival celebrates the 4th of July holiday with food, music, and fireworks all with the beautiful Ohio River backdrop in southwest Louisville. Councilman Blackwell first hosted this annual event in 2012 and it has grown to become a southwest tradition. The event features live music, a kid’s activity area, and a fantastic fireworks display lit from a barge on the river. It is FREE and a great way to celebrate this holiday with your neighbors.
Councilman Blackwell does his utmost to stay in touch with the constituents in District 12. He hosts a District Dialogue quarterly throughout the year and Coffee with your Councilman one Saturday each month.
Councilman Blackwell has been an educator for his entire professional career, working for 34 years at Mercy Academy; first in the classroom teaching theology, psychology and sociology, and later as the Service Learning and Leadership Coordinator. Councilman Blackwell received his Doctor of Education from Spalding University in the spring of 2018, completing his dissertation on the topic of “Service Learning and Civic Engagement.” In the fall of 2018, Dr. Blackwell began his tenure as President of DeSales High School. He and his wife, Sherry celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2018.