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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---The Parklands of Floyds Fork will be made up of four major parks and won't be complete until 2015, but on Saturday there was major progress in the overall project.
Beckley Creek Park is the first phase of the Parklands of Floyds Fork. It opened on Saturday in Southeastern Jefferson County.
"I've only been here I think maybe once prior to this, but they've done an excellent job. It's just beautiful," says Charlene Leason, a Louisville resident.
"It is absolutely gorgeous. I think the people who designed and built this, my helmet off to them. I think they've done a marvelous job," says Andrew Bailey, a Louisville resident.
Beckley Creek Park is one of four parks that, together, will run from Shelbyville Road to Bardstown Road.
The entire parks system is 4,000 acres, and includes biking trails, walking trails, and places to fly fish, among other amenities.
"The key thing I think for users though is that we have amenities that are available to you if you have 20 minutes to spare or if you have half a day to spare," says Scott Martin, the Parks Director for the Parklands of Floyds Fork.
"It was very difficult to fly fish before with a lot of trees and overhangs and stuff like that, and they've just cleared it out so nice," says Jim Leason, a Louisville resident.
The size of the overall parks system will even exceed other well-known parks across the country.
"You think of 4,000 acres compared to a Central Park in New York which is 600 acres. It's a big, big, big park," says Scott Martin.
"This is gonna be part of the 100 mile loop, eventually 19 miles here….so to have the first opening today, this is just 7 percent of what this total park project is," says Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
"And then we open the equivalent of a new Cherokee Park about every 12-18 months between now and 2015," says Scott Martin.
Officials say the opening of Beckley Creek Park is a sign of more good things to come for the overall park system.
"This is gonna be a national and international attraction. You just don't see cities with 4,000 acre park projects. This is one of the biggest park projects going on in the world right now," says Mayor Greg Fischer.
An education center and conference center are expected to be opened at Beckley Creek Park in February.
Officials say the overall park system is being funded through a private/public partnership.