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Iroquois Park Overlook restoration underway

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Walkers, Bryan and Dara Blanton come from across the city to take their daily stroll in Iroquois Park.

"It's just a beautiful place to walk. You get really good exercise. There's a lot of hills and straight-aways," he said.

"I get bored on the treadmill, and I can think of all kinds of things I'd rather be doing, and I'll jump off the treadmill," she explained.

A workout that always keeps their interest is climbing all the way up to the top of the park to the northern overlook.

"You can see out toward Shively, out toward the East End," said Bryan.

It also gives you a postcard-like view of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Churchill Downs, and the city.

"I think everybody has a place in their heart for it," Metro Parks Director, Mike Heitz said.

The view has been blocked as of late by backhoes and dump trucks. If you're wondering why, it's all about the soil. Erosion has been a huge problem up at the overlook for several years now.

"You're never going to be able to get this 100% stabilized," Heitz said.

A possible plan would be to move the overlook back-- making it more stable, and still keeping the view. Nothing is concrete though just yet.

"We want the people to tell us what they'd like to see, and we'll work together," he explained.

There are already plenty of ideas. Some have thoughts on how to fix the erosion issue, others talk of adding benches and tables.

"You could even have picnics," Bryan Blanton suggested.

Whatever ends up happening, Metro Parks wants the space to still have that special feel that keeps people like the Blantons coming back on a regular basis.

"They've loved it for years, and they want to keep loving it for years to come," said Heitz.

Public comments about the overlook will be taken this spring.

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