Friday, July 09, 2010

Riverview Park Update

July District 12 Dialogue to feature update on Riverview Park from Waterfront Development Corporation
Meeting set for Tuesday, July 20th at 7:00pm

Those who attend July’s District 12 Dialogue will have a chance to learn the latest on the progress at Riverview Park from the organization in charge of making improvements to the facility. “The Waterfront Development Corporation is moving forward with the new playground, splash park and other improvements to Riverview Park. It is an exciting time for everyone who lives in Southwest Louisville,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “These improvements have been a long time coming. It’s nice to see our hard work finally paying off.”

David Karem, President of the Waterfront Development Corporation is the featured guest for the July District 12 Dialogue. He will not only be able to speak on updates for Riverview Park but can also update on projects like the Big Four Bridge, the new U of L Facility on the Ohio River and other aspects of Waterfront Development.

The meeting will take place at 7:00pm at Incarnation Catholic Church, 2229 Lower Hunters Trace. Joining Karem at the meeting will be representatives from Louisville Metro Police, the Division of Licensing and Permits, Neighborhoods and MSD to answer questions about programs. A representative of Congressman John Yarmuth's office will also be in attendance.

For more information about the July District 12 Dialogue, contact Councilman Blackwell's office at 574-1112.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

SW Dream Team News

A statement from Southwest Dream Team Board Chairman Robert Price:

After two years of proactive community involvement, the Southwest Dream Team (SWDT) is well on its way to completing the eight original objectives as set forth by its members and board of directors.

To insure the “dream” continues the SWDT Board of Directors was called to a meeting last month for the purpose of discussing the most pressing needs that would position Southwest Louisville for sustainable growth into the future.

It is with great pleasure that the SWDT board of directors release its four newest objectives:

· To hasten the design and build of a new interchange at Manslick Road at Watterson Expressway. This expansion will help save lives by dramatically cutting the commute time for emergency vehicles to reach Louisville’s second busiest emergency room at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital. It will also attract physicians’ offices to the area and provide the neighboring communities with a shorter commute to I-264, saving time and money while reducing carbon emissions.

· We believe that our schools are the anchor of our community. If Southwest Louisville is to reach its full potential, then Southwest Louisvillians must play an active role in providing solutions that will engage and refocus the our area schools toward complete success. The SWDT will form a “task force” that will work directly with Jefferson County Public School officials, faculty and parents to formulate a strategic plan to effect positive results for the educational well being of our students and families.

· Southwest Louisville is rich in history and unrivaled in culture and natural beauty. Our vision includes that of a fantastic 20-mile “River and Knobs” greenway, extending from Jefferson Memorial Forest. It would connect to other Southwest treasurers such as Iroquois Park and the greater community network of parkways, bikeways and enhanced transportation corridors. Fredrick Law Olmstead would certainly be proud of our achievement.

· The Federal Government, through an 850 million dollar investment is transforming our neighbor, Fort Knox, into an economic bonanza. Thousands of military and civilian workers will soon descend upon the area looking for a place to live, shop and play. The SWDT realizes the potential of Dixie Highway as an “economic connector of development” that could bring sustainable growth to Southwest Louisville for many years to come. We seek to aggressively market Southwest Louisville as the “Corridor of Opportunity”.

The SWDT continues to welcome new businesses to the area. We are also excited to have played a major role in General Motors’ decision to keep a fifty-year-old business, Bob Montgomery Chevrolet on Dixie Highway preserving over 60 jobs.

Of the original eight objectives, the eighth was to “always celebrate our success”. We would like to celebrate by thanking all those who invest their time and talents to make Southwest Louisville the best place to live, work and play. It truly is a great day in Southwest Louisville.

REMINDER: The next SWDT meeting will be Wednesday, July 7 at 5 p.m. at 4919 Dixie Highway Ste E. The guest speaker will be Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, Republican candidate for Mayor of Louisville.