Friday, July 13, 2012

Get on board for the New Cut Road Trolley Hop, beginning July 28

Saturday, July 28th brings a monthly opportunity to see and enjoy the best attractions in South and Southwest Louisville when the New Cut Road Trolley Hop kicks off its inaugural run.

“We are announcing an easy way to combine the fun of many events in our region with a convenient and economical way to spend a great day with family or friends,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “This Trolley Hop is a first for our area and wonderful way to showcase some of the great places we know and love in the Southwest.”

On its inaugural run, the New Cut Road Trolley Hop leaves the Iroquois Amphitheater headed for the Jefferson Memorial Forest's Welcome Center. Along the way, there will be stops at the Little Loomhouse, Auburndale Village Shopping Center, the southwest corner of Third Street Road and New Cut Road; Outer Loop Center, northwest corner of New Cut Road and Outer Loop and the new Fairdale Library.

“Our kickoff coincides with the Kentucky Music Weekend at Iroquois Amphitheater which is a traditional event for the summer,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21). “This event is a tradition for many people and the Trolley Hop will show people who may not come out to this area that we have some great attractions.” Metro Council members are providing the funding for the program.

Joining Welch and Johnson as sponsors are Rick Blackwell (D-12), Bob Henderson (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15) and David Yates (D-25).

While the July Trolley Hop is being held in conjunction with the Kentucky Music Festival, in August the Trolley Hop will run in conjunction with "H.M.S. Pinafore," the classic Gilbert and Sullivan musical that will have a six-night run at the Amphitheater.

September's Hop will feature the Fairdale Community Fair.

October will highlight the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Hike at the Jefferson Memorial forest.

“This is another example of the Southwest members of the Metro Council working together and, in this case, promoting a growing area that is special and unique to us,” says Yates. 

For more information about the kickoff of the New Cut Road Trolley Hop, click HERE.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Yates and fellow SW Councilmembers invite residents out to discuss Dixie Highway Corridor Study

Councilman David Yates (D-25) is encouraging business owners along Dixie Highway and residents throughout South Louisville to come to a special public meeting on Monday, July 16th at the Southwest Government Center.

Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12) and Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) are working with Yates to actively encourage residents of southwest Louisville to attend the meeting which seeks public comment as the Dixie Highway Corridor Study moves into its final phase.

The meeting is also an opportunity to see how the project is moving forward. “We have now arrived at the point where the consultants will soon begin finalizing their recommendations for the full length of this project, “says Yates. “We need to hear from the people who live, work and drive along Dixie Highway to ensure all hopes and concerns are addressed.”

Yates secured $52,000 in the 2011- 2012 budget to fund the planning initiative.

HNTB is the consultant firm on the project.

The Dixie Highway Corridor Study is an effort to revitalize one of the area’s busiest thoroughfares and continue to seek improvements for traffic flow, economic development and sustainability. “This study is critical if this area plans keep pace with others areas of Jefferson County,” says Blackwell. “We cannot neglect Dixie Highway if there is a way to improve it in the future.”

Joining Southwest Metro Council members at the meeting to answer questions will be Mayor Greg Fischer, State Representatives Joni Jenkins, Charles Miller, Dennis Horlander, Mike Nemes and State Senators Perry Clark and Dan Seum and Louisville Free Library Director Craig Buthod.

“It is crucial to this community to bring Dixie Highway into the 21st Century,” says Yates. “If anyone has a thought or idea on how to achieve that goal, they should attend this meeting.” The Southwest Government Center is located at 7219 Dixie Highway For more information, call Councilman Yates’ office at 574-1125

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Free summer movies continue at Iroquois Amphitheater

“Moneyball” is this weekend’s free featured film at the Iroquois Amphitheater.

“We have a great film for the whole family and now that the heat has broken it will be a fabulous weekend to get out and enjoy a summer evening,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15).

The 2011 film stars Brad Pitt and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics and how the team took a different approach to winning and broke an American League winning streak record.

The film begins at 8:30pm and is free to the public thanks to funding by several members of the Louisville Metro Council. Joining Butler as sponsors this year are Dan Johnson (D-21), Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), David James (D-6), Jim King (D-10), Bob Henderson (D-14), Kelly Downard (R-16), Jon Ackerson (R-18) Robin Engel (R-22), David Yates (D-25) and Brent Ackerson (D-26).

“This is turning out to be a great year for the Amphitheater and Iroquois Park,” says Butler. “The community has given us a very positive response to this program and other events that are ongoing here.”

Here is the schedule of Free Summer Movies for the remainder of the summer:

Sat. July 14 Moneyball PG-13
Mon. July 16 The Magnificent Seven NR
Mon. July 23 The Secret Life of Bees PG-13
Mon. July 30 Raiders of the Lost Ark PG

Mon. Aug 6 The Princess Bride PG
Sat. Aug 11 Cars 2 G

Sat. Sept 8 Zookeeper PG

Concessions will be available. The Iroquois Amphitheater is located at 1080 Amphitheater Road, off New Cut Road. To learn more about events at the Iroquois Amphitheater go to: