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Putting Nature Back into Neighborhoods The Floyds Fork Greenway Project (aka The Fork) Today’s Talk Parklands in an Urban Context The Ecological, Community, and Economic Benefits of Parklands The Park Development Process (“The Olmsted Model”) and Project Specifics Takeaways from Today

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today s talk
Today’s Talk
  • Parklands in an Urban Context
  • The Ecological, Community, and Economic Benefits of Parklands
  • The Park Development Process (“The Olmsted Model”) and Project Specifics
takeaways from today
Takeaways from Today
  • 21st Century Parks, Inc.: Who we are and what we do:
    • To reestablish nature as a major element in human and urban life in the 21st Century, and to use that process to shape urban and regional development
  • Core, Edge, Infrastructure, and the 21st Century City: How do we understand regional growth and balance?
looking back the community value of parklands
Looking Back: The Community Value of Parklands
  • Parks and green infrastructure as fundamental to sustainable urban design
  • Community, Connectivity, Character
    • As public space, parks foster community within our city
    • Parks create connectivity between areas
    • Parks preserve and enhance the character of our city and its natural and human landscapes
  • It’s all about the park users: a place for recreation, contemplation, and relaxation
building parks the olmsted model
Building Parks: The Olmsted Model
  • Build parks, greenways, and open space ahead of the development curve to create future livable neighborhoods, integrated with nature
    • Shawnee, Iroquois, and CherokeeParks
  • “Jacob’s Folly” became some of our nicest urban neighborhoods
  • If Louisville can do it again at a significant scale, it can create a model of sustainable urban design
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Expanding the Vision:

A Park System for the 21st Century

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Expanding the Vision:

A Park System for the 21st Century

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Expanding the Vision:

A Park System for the 21st Century

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Expanding the Vision:

A Park System for the 21st Century

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Expanding the Vision:

A Park System for the 21st Century

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Miles Park to Bardstown Road

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Expanding the Vision:

A Park System for the 21st Century

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Miles Park to Bardstown Road

the economic impact of parklands
The Economic Impact of Parklands
  • Economic Development:
    • The Role of Parks in Attracting Businesses
    • The Role of Parks in Attracting Tourists and Retirees
  • Local Investment:
    • $64,000,000 in park investment (land, design, construction) by 21st Century Parks, Inc.
    • Property tax income stream from new homes and neighborhoods.
  • Quality of Life:
    • Human health
    • Children’s Health: The Last Child in the Woods
    • Recreational amenities
  • City Branding: The City of Parks

(Source: Crompton, 2001)

specifics who is 21 st century parks
Specifics: Who is 21st Century Parks?
  • A non-profit corporation
  • An innovative private-public partnership
  • Responsible for implementation of The Fork
what is our mission
What is our mission?

The purpose of 21st Century Parks, Inc., is to serve as stewards entrusted to create and preserve unexcelled parklands that reflect the needs and values of our whole community.

how do we achieve our mission
How do we achieve our mission?
  • We build partnerships to fund, design, and maintain world-class parks, integrating nature into neighborhoods.
  • We employ great design and planning to preserve and enhance green space that brings people together to recreate and to improve their quality of life.
  • We are creating a new blueprint to build and sustain world-class parks for current and future generations.
specifics the project scope
Specifics: The Project Scope
  • 20-25 mile long trail system between Shelbyville and Bardstown Roads (part of the 100 mile “Louisville Loop”)
  • Goal is to integrate more than 4000 acres of master-planned open space
  • Linear greenway system integrated with larger parks
  • Multi-tiered focus: natural and recreational amenities serving adjacent neighborhoods, Louisville Metro, and the region
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Floyds Fork

Wissahickon Park Philadelphia

Rock Creek Park Washington, DC

The Emerald Necklace Boston

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Specifics: The Timetable
  • Master Planning Phase
    • Master Plan completed in April of 2008.
  • Further Planning and Design Work to complete The Fork Project
    • Design work to begin in 2008; project completion in 6-8 years
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Specifics: Progress to Date
  • Over $64,000,000 in private and public funding
  • 75-80% connectivity within the trail corridor
  • Over 35 separate acquisitions
  • Approximately 3200 acres acquired, or under negotiation, and in the Master Planning Process
  • An Interconnected System of Regional Parks
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Cherokee Park: 409 acres

Seneca Park: 333 acres

Shawnee Park: 316 acres

Iroquois Park: 739 acres

1,797 acres

Floyds Fork: 3,194 acres

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North Park
  • Connecting Framework
  • South Park

Framework

Sustainability:Habitat and Agriculture

Connectivity:Water Trail, Louisville Loop, Hiking Trail, Park Drive

Pods

Landscape “Theaters”:

Future Recreational Activity Areas

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Park Tour

pond meadows

filter terraces

egg lawn

sport walk

mill bottom

ridge meadow

cedar maze

arc meadow

North Park

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Park Tour

island valley

star meadows

garden walk

meander meadow

South Park

South Park

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A model of sustainable urban design with the potential to significantly shape the Metro region’s, and the watershed’s, future
  • 20-25-mile trail system that connects to the planned 100-mile Louisville Loop
  • A goal of over 4,000 acres of new parkland
  • One of the largest metropolitan park planning initiatives in the U.S.
  • Preserves significant natural, historic, and cultural resources
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The Fork

…at the Edge of the 21st Century

February 22, 2007

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Ecological and Watershed Benefits of Parklands

Resource

Conservation

Energy

Community

Water

Quality

Habitat

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Agricultural services
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forest:

1,980 acres

grassland:

783 acres

wetland:

54 acres

proposed landcover

total: 3,194 acres

sustainable agriculture:

377 acres

10 acres = 1 dot

project area = 319 dots

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Ecosystem Benefits

buffers

stream restoration

stream filtration

habitat

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