4,000-acre parks system gets official look and names Louisville, Ky.—Louisville’s newest public parks system will be named according to the waterways that run through and unite the nearly 4,000-acres of green space planned in the southeastern part of the county.
21st Century Parks, the nonprofit managing the creation and operations of the new parks, today announced that the system would be called The Parklands of Floyds Fork and would be comprised of four major parks, each named for tributaries of Floyds Fork creek.
“These parks will encompass wide ranging and diverse landscapes, topography, and recreational options, but the one unifying feature is the waterways that tie the land together. So, we felt it most appropriate to name the parks system and the four anchor parks in ways that connect back to the waterways,” said Dan Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of 21st Century Parks.
Jones said that as 21st Century Parks went about acquiring property and working with landscape designers and the public to create a master plan, it became apparent that the land fit best together as four primary parks—each with its own special areas and smaller community parks within them. The anchor parks will be:
- Beckley Creek Park – 616 acres, encompassing the existing Miles Park at Shelbyville Rd., and stretching to South English Station and Echo Trail
- Pope Lick Park – 575 acres, just south of Beckley Creek Park stretching south approximately 4.5 miles to near Thurman Rd., and incorporating the existing Floyds Fork Park off Taylorsville Rd.
- Turkey Run Park – 1076 acres,stretching 4 miles from Seatonville Road to Broad Run Rd.
- Broad Run Park – 685 acres, south of Turkey Run Park and stretching south to Bardstown Rd.
A 3.5 mile narrow stretch of connecting land between Pope Lick Park and Turkey Run Park, called The Strand, will encompass another 353 acres.
Turkey Run Park will become the second largest park in the city, surpassed in size by only Jefferson Memorial Forest. In total, The Parklands will be more than twice the size of the Olmsted Parks—Cherokee, Shawnee, Seneca and Iroquois—which total more than 1,700 acres.
All the parks within The Parklands will be interconnected by a continuous scenic park drive and a 20-mile portion of the Louisville Loop, a paved multi-use hiking, walking and cycling path. The park drive is a series of newly constructed roads in combination with existing roads, at times outside of The Parklands, to provide a beautiful driving experience.
The Louisville Loop is the central spine connecting all four parks and runs along the Floyds Fork through the central linear park, The Strand, connecting the 5-mile span between Pope Lick and Turkey Run parks.
Major construction for the project is planned to begin next spring and be complete in three to five construction seasons. Work will begin next month on a demonstration project – a playground and splash park for children, located within Beckley Creek Park and partially funded by $1.5 million committed by Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Metro Government. The remaining funds for the project were raised through private donations.
Brand Identity and Website Launched
Along with the park-system names, 21st Century Parks has launched a brand identity and website for The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Created by Louisville agency red7e, The Parklands brand depicts stylized leaves and a stem, and juxtaposes the colors green and blue to represent both the land and the water featured throughout the parks.
The brand will be incorporated on park entry and directional signage, as well as park staff uniforms and vehicles as 21st Century moves from development to operations of The Parklands. People will begin to see signs around construction sites, and at the current Miles Park and Floyds Fork Park when 21st Century takes over management of the park from Louisville Metro Parks in 2011.
Detailed park plans are outlined at the new website, www.theparklands.com
About 21st Century Parks
Founded in Louisville in 2004, 21st Century Parks is the nonprofit organization leading the creation and management of The Parklands of Floyds Fork – a new, 4,000-acre public parks system along the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. The new parks system is one of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation.