Second phase of Parklands of Floyds Fork opens - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Second phase of Parklands of Floyds Fork opens

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Forty percent of the Parklands of Floyds Fork is now open to the public.  The second phase of the Parklands in far eastern Jefferson County opened Friday morning.

It is part of four thousand acres of parklands that will eventually run along Floyds Fork from Shelbyville Road to Bardstown Road.  The second phase includes a half-mile tree lined walkway called the promenade that leads to a wetland area.

"I like the lilies and all of this wetland area, it just looks like a natural fit for the park," says Ken Lay who lives nearby and is a frequent park visitor.

Sandy and Bob Hensley from Shelbyville bring their walking sticks and come here at least a couple of times a week.  "We also like to bring out bikes out here as well as walk and we can hardly wait to see the new section," says Sandy.

Phase one, which opened last November, has already drawn several hundred thousand visitors.

"We are opening the second park today, but there is lots more to come," says Humana co-founder David Jones who led the $122 million fund raising effort to build the park.

Adds Jones, "The two parks together have about seven miles of the Louisville Loop, but there are another twelve miles of the loop that are under construction."

This weekend, there will be a number of activities to kick off the opening of the park, including a balloon glow tonight.  The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

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