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New camera system part of $1 million Iroquois Park project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A camera system is set to be installed at Iroquois Park as a part of a major renovation plan.  

Construction is underway at the North Overlook at Iroquois Park. It’s part of a $1 million project that is expected to be completed in Spring of 2016.

“It's redoing the entire Northern Overlook to take it back to the way Olmstead had it,” said District 15 metro councilwoman Marianne Butler.

The work being done will close parts of Iroquois Park as a result. The North Overlook, the Overlook access road, the Sullivan Grove parking area and the Corbly Trail will all be closed while the work is completed.

“We would get library books and a picnic lunch and would really enjoy it, but then the older kids started coming,” said Martha Morris, who regularly visited the park with her own children and now visits the park with her grandchildren.

But some concerns were raised after the project was announced.

“We heard over and over again,” Butler said. “We need a camera up here because of vandalism, and that was a problem previously and also a safety issue as people walk up there.”

As a result, a camera system will be installed as part of the project at the Northern Overlook. It costs a total of $24,000.

“I think that’s a good idea, because as nice as this has become, somebody needs to be held accountable," Morris said. "And if they can catch somebody doing something - tearing it up when they really shouldn't be.”

It will be tied into LMPD’s real-time center and monitored 24/7.

“If you talk to metro parks, they will tell you there is vandalism in the parks every single day,” Butler said. “We used to have vandalism up there frequently. We had a water fountain up there, (and) as soon as we put on the board that it was fixed, someone was stealing the copper again out of it.”

The hope is that the new project, and camera system to go along with it, will help bring visitors and keep vandalism out.

“This should be a family area,” Morris added. “It's a park for everybody to use, but it shouldn't be a haven for vandalism or misbehaving. It shouldn't be. Go somewhere else or do it at your own house.”

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