Beargrass Creek Trail Conceptual Shared Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan
Friday, September 29, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. EDT
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Located on the shores of the Ohio River, water has not always been a friend to the community of Louisville. In 1937, the “Great Flood” was as big an international event for the time as hurricane Katrina was to our time. Entire neighborhoods and livelihoods were wiped away by the influx of water, resulting in major changes to the city landscape. The Beargrass Creek watershed was forever altered by these changes, and the effect of the man-made alterations on the landscape has left us with a polluted stream today.
Now more than ever, we need to protect and maintain this community asset, Beargrass Creek. This study is important in its examination of links between improved water quality and wildlife habitat, and improved transportation corridors which offer vital community connections. Investment into the health of Beargrass Creek and the shared use path project would not only help the community gain an amazing recreational amenity but also spur economic development along the improved transportation connections. Beargrass Creek can once again become a catalyst, similar to what the creek provided to early Louisvillians.
Participants will examine the possibility of utilizing a creek as a driving force to make a connection between two existing trail systems (Beargrass Creek Greenway and Butchertown Greenway) and explore conceptual ideas to improve the creek’s water quality, create habitat for increased wildlife and mitigate current bank erosion. In the broader picture, this shared use path would ultimately connect the Ohio River, and even points north in Indiana by way of the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge and the Louisville Loop, to neighborhoods, parks and greenways as far into the city as Cherokee Park. In addition to the transportation connections for humans, the wildlife corridor would be re-established and appeal of the creek as an amenity would be restored.
Josephine Smiley, AICP
Lisa Hite, AICP
Lindsay Walker, email@example.com