LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The Beargrass Creek Trail winds through Cherokee Park and toward the Ohio River, but there’s a missing link to connect it to downtown. Well, there's new plan to fill the gap now.

It's the first step toward creating a continuous off street walking and biking path that will connect Cherokee Park to Waterfront Park.

Metro Parks and the Beargrass Creek Trail Committee are hoping to connect the Beargrass Creek and Butchertown Greenways through an environmentally-friendly project.

"Originally, one long trail from Cherokee Park to Waterfront Park or at least down to River Road was part of an original plan that I think is about 20 years old,” said Brandon Coan.

Coan is a volunteer with the trail committee and says his group has been working on plans for a couple years. But it wasn't until recently that they were able to raise the money in order for the phase one planning study.

If they raised $75,000, the Army Corps of Engineers said they'd match that.

"We thought that was just too good of an opportunity to pass up and so we worked to raise money from community members, people who live in or around Butchertown and other neighborhoods,” said Coan.

The $150,000 will be used for a planning study that will explore what routes are possible.

You can check out a map of the city's plan here.

The dash line outlines Beargrass Creek and is how they're hoping to connect the two greenways.

Coan says it's exciting to see their ideas start to come to life.

“The trail project is one of those projects that has so many benefits; to connect neighborhoods in a safe way by taking bikes off a busy, dangerous street. It creates new opportunities for people to walk and bike which is a healthy option,” Coan told WDRB.

The project will also try to improve water quality and wildlife habitat along Beargrass Creek.

“It’s more polluted than it needs to be and we think putting people right close to it, they'll start to care for it more and want to take better care of it,” said Coan.

Metro Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting public meetings in October to get your input.

Stay updated through this link.

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