Ground broken on future Fairdale Village Green Park
A new park with a bandstand, a trailhead to the Louisville Loop and a memorial flag courtyard will be open for public use near the Fairdale Roundabout this summer.
District 13 Councilwoman Vicki Welch, Kentucky State Rep. Jeff Donohue, Louisville Metro Chief of Community Building Vincent James and others were on hand to help break ground at the four-acre park today in Fairdale.
“Fairdale Village Green is going to be a wonderful addition to that area and a spectacular gateway to Jefferson Memorial Forest,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I’d like to recognize CW Welch for her tireless dedication to the residents of the South Points Scenic Area and throughout her district and thank her for her service. This park is a fitting tribute to all her hard work.”
The park, which is less than one acre, sits off Mitchell Hill Road just to the west of the roundabout. It will become Metro Louisville’s 121st park.
When construction is complete, it will include a bandstand/gazebo (similar to that of Willow Park in the Highlands); a terraced lawn for concert seating; a signature wayfinding/gateway wall recognizing Fairdale and the entry to Jefferson Memorial Forest; a flag plaza honoring armed services members and veterans, and space for a trailhead that connects to the Louisville Loop.
“It is exciting that my departing project as I retire will be a new community park for the citizens of Fairdale and beyond,” Welch said. “My hope is for frequent music weekends and Veteran programs throughout the warm weather months. It’s been a pleasure working on this project with Rep. Donohue and Jefferson Memorial Forest Director Bennett Knox.”
“This project has been a labor of love for so many through the years,” Donohue said. “I am honored and blessed to have had a role in seeing this to its completion and its new beginning. I can think of no other community more deserving as we welcome you to the gateway to the Jefferson Memorial Forest. I like to call it the New Town Green. This is in honor of the first settlement established as New Town which we now call Fairdale.”
The project is scheduled to be put out to bid in early 2019, with construction completion in summer 2019.
At 6,700 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest, located a few miles south of the roundabout, is one of the country’s largest municipally-owned forestry and is operated by Louisville Parks and Recreation. It is the home of the Louisville ECHO (Engaging Children Outdoors) environmental education initiative, Tom Wallace Lake and Kentucky Kingdom’s Zipline Kingdom, among other amenities.
It is one of the critical pieces of the South Points Scenic Area tourism initiative promoting the area as a recreation and cultural destination in the Louisville area.