Louisville Loop public meeting to discuss signage, safety [Fitness and health]

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Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, a 300-acre historic Louisville site operated by Metro Parks, is hosting a public meeting for the next phase in the planning of the Louisville Loop, a nearly 100-mile shared-use path that will eventually surround the entire Metro.

On Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing, Metro Parks will seek feedback from exercise enthusiasts of all kinds--walkers, runners, cyclists, equine enthusiasts, and existing-Loop users and commuters--on its $200,000 federally-funded sign and wayfinding master plan. The importance of this next public meeting lies in the development of Metro Parks' guidelines to improve access to the Loop, and citizens' safety while using the Loop.

Metro Parks is also looking for experience from those who've already been using the 23 miles of completed Loop, including the Riverwalk and Levee Trail that stretches west and south from Waterfront Park to Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing in Southwest Louisville, a portion for which Parks officials are working to determine locations for six trailheads and various access points to the Loop within the section. Public input is needed in determining those locations.

Future segments of the Loop will include a southern route from the Riverwalk and Ohio River Levee Trail that extends east through Jefferson Memorial Forest, and McNeely Lake Park to Bardstown Road;the Floyds Fork Greenway, from Bardstown Road to Shelbyville Road, passing through new parks being developed by 21st Century Parks; a northeast route, from Shelbyville Road to River Road; a route along the Ohio River corridor, leading from the northeast suburbs to Waterfront Park;and, paths along the Olmsted Parkways.

Don't miss the January 27th meeting and be part of this very important segment of Louisville Loop planning. Keep up-to-date on Loop news and other parks initiatives with email newsletters from Metro Parks.

If you use the Loop and notice any problems with path conditions, be sure to report what you find to Metro Parks.

Contact the writer at rachel@hurdanger.com

Photo: Courtesy Louisville Metro Parks

About Rachel Hurd Anger
Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys running in our metro parks, drinking local beer, and raising suburban chickens. Most recently she has contributed to a special edition of Chickens magazine.
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