Metro Parks and Recreation and several local groups are hoping to connect the Beargrass Creek and Butchertown Greenways through a bike and environmentally-friendly project. The development of a conceptual plan on what the project will entail is scheduled to begin in fall 2015.
The goal of the project is to fill in the gap between the Beargrass Creek Greenway, which ends near the intersection of Spring St and Locust St, and the Butchertown Greenway, which terminates near the MSD Beargrass Creek Pump Station off of Brownsboro Road. It’s aimed to improve water quality and wildlife habitat along the creek and is the first step toward creating a continuous off-street walking and biking path connecting two of Louisville’s most significant recreational assets, Cherokee Park and Waterfront Park.
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The project was initiated by the Beargrass Creek Trail Committee – a community group made up of representatives from Metro Parks & Recreation, Louisville Metro’s Office of Sustainability, the University of Louisville, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Beargrass Creek Alliance, Bicycling for Louisville, Get Outdoors Kentucky, Waterfront Development Corporation, Botanica and MSD.
To fund the plan, Metro Parks received $75,000 through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Planning Assistance to States program. Match funds of $75,000 were raised through a joint effort between Metro Parks, Louisville Metro’s Office of Sustainability, Bicycling for Louisville, and Get Outdoors Kentucky, with assistance from Metro Council. Donations ranging from $20 to $37,500 were contributed by private citizens, Louisville Metro Government, Metro Council members, businesses and several area non-profit organizations.
Completing this section of the Beargrass Creek Greenway is part of the Louisville Loop Master Plan and Sustain Louisville, the city’s sustainability plan. Both plans aim to promote improved recreation and non-motorized transportation networks through parks and green spaces. Specifically, the Beargrass Creek Greenway will improve connectivity between many of Louisville’s most historic and cherished parks and neighborhoods. The public will have several opportunities to weigh in on the plan as it goes forward. Once complete, the plan will present alternatives for trail alignment, identify opportunities for ecological restoration, and open up opportunities to attain additional funding for future stages of the project.