Final park of The Parklands of Floyds Fork opens
At Louisville's new Broad Run park, you can go fishing, hiking, biking, paddling and more.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - With the gorgeous weather this weekend, there is a new place where you can get out and enjoy it. At Louisville's new Broad Run park, you can go fishing, hiking, biking, paddling and more.
Friday was a perfect day for a field trip for some Farmer Elementary school students, at the grand opening of Broad Run Park.
"It's an extraordinary place," said teacher Shannon Jordahl. "It's beautiful. We've had a great experience so far today. We're about to take a hike. I hear there's a bald eagle in residence here too, hoping to spot that today as well."
Broad Run is the fourth and final park in the 4,000 Parklands of Floyds Fork system.
"It's a very interesting park, design-wise, because it has urban park features like you think about in Seneca park, rustic remote kind of upper bluegrass, rolling meadow topography you think of with mammoth cave or Red River Gorge," said Scott Martin, Director of The Parklands of Floyds Fork.
Broad Run is connected to the other three Parklands parks: Turkey Run, Pope Lick, and Beckley Creek. 21st Century Parks, a non-profit group, raised more than $125 million to develop The Parklands. Most of the money came from donors.
Some of the officials on stage today for the grand opening celebration included U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Mayor Greg Fischer.
All four parks make up 19 miles of the even larger Louisville Loop system that is in the works. Broad Run is about 600 acres, located off Bardstown Road south of the Gene Snyder. It includes a playground, spray ground, waterfalls, plenty of trails for hiking, biking and paddling and an open lawn.
"The pavilion is a picnic shelter that can hold about 125 folks with a lawn that's a natural amphitheater behind it for future performances, maybe bluegrass jams," said Martin.
You can expect Broad Run Park to be jam-packed with the great weather on its grand opening weekend.
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