Natural Areas Division of Louisville Parks and Recreation celebrates New Natural Area in Clifton Heights Neighborhood

November 22, 2021

Mayor Fischer joined Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9) and leaders from Louisville Parks and Recreation to celebrate the newly transformed natural area in the Clifton Heights neighborhood.

The newest official natural area, the Clifton Heights Bradley Greenway, is equipped with marked trail amenities and offers a 1/3-mile loop on a soft-surfaced path. The Greenway was acquired through a combination of Louisville Metro’s right-of-way and parcels donated or purchased, including from the Bradley family, and has been in the works since spring of 2008.

Funding for the construction of the trailhead was provided by Metro Council District 9, in which the Greenway has been located. The trail dedication represents the first phase of development of the land in which the Greenway lies, and a future phase could involve the conversion of the current soft-surface trail to an accessible paved trail.

The restoration of the Greenway has included the removal of litter and dumped debris as well as the removal of invasive plant species that previously overran the area, making it nearly impassable. These restoration efforts serve a dual benefit of improving habitats as well as creating, over time, a nice woodland area for all to enjoy.

Some of the restoration work was supported by youth participating in the Natural Areas Division's program Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors (ECHO), in keeping with the department's desire to increase use of park natural areas as spaces for outdoor recreation, environmental education and ecological stewardship. In addition, the Natural Area Division has worked with neighborhood volunteers and the Clifton Heights Community Council over the years to improve the general woodland area in the park itself.

“This project is a true testament of the good that can come when we all work together for a common goal,” Mayor Fischer said. “It’s exciting to think about the wildlife that will now be able to thrive in this new Natural Area, and all the folks that will be able to gather to enjoy a hike right here in Clifton Heights.”

The restoration efforts were made possible with funding support from a variety of sources, including Metro Council District 9 when represented by Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and Bill Hollander, Louisville MSD, Wilderness Louisville, Inc., and LG&E’s Plant for the Planet program.

“Completion of the Greenway has been a goal of the Clifton Heights Neighborhood Association and many volunteers for years,” said Councilman Hollander. “I am grateful to everyone who has made this little urban oasis happen.”

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