Iroquois Park North Overlook reopens to the public - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Iroquois Park North Overlook reopens to the public

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- What some consider the best view in the city is now open to the public.

On Wednesday afternoon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and several dozen community members made the trek to the new North Overlook at Iroquois Park.

Reba Doutrick was one of them. Doutrick has been going to the park for more than 80 years.

"It was in my backyard, and it was also something to do," Doutrick said. "I mean, we walked, and we hiked."

"Well, if you're like me, and you must be because you are here, you have been waiting for this opening for quite some time," Mayor Fischer said.

The project is the result of years of planning, months of work and $1.4 million. City officials say it was time and money well spent.

"When you walk and the spectacular view that we all love is here, I mean, it's a wow! This is really a ten," Mayor Fischer said.

And finally, after all of the work, it was time to cut the ribbon and check out the view.

"It is beautiful, and people are loving it. You can see the excitement in the air," said Mimi Zinniel, president of Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

That excitement included the view and all of the landmarks you can see.

"If you go around the corner that you can see, Churchill Downs and the airport is visible," Zinniel said. "You'll see planes going over every now and then pretty closely."

WDRB's Stephan Johnson asked, "Can you see WDRB News in downtown Louisville?" Zinniel jokingly said, "Yes, you could if you have the right kind of binoculars."

There are also smart cameras at the park.

"The way it works is that if the camera sees something going on, the camera will speak to the perpetrators and actually suggest that they not do what they are about to do because the police have been called," Zinniel said.

And that makes people like Doutrick feel a lot better about her next walk in the park.

"Every new technical thing that we have to insure safety is a good thing," she said.

This was a joint project between The Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Metro Parks and Recreation.

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