By LOUISVILLE METRO PARKS
Planning and Design Department
The Louisville Loop is an approximately 100-mile shared-use path that will traverse the perimeter of Louisville through five physiographic regions and a myriad of neighborhoods, cultural and historic landmarks, and ecological habitats. The Loop will provide opportunities for transportation, recreation, fitness, economic development, education, and public art.
Metro Parks has hired the consultant firm HNTB to lead the effort to develop a sign and wayfinding master plan. This master plan will build upon the existing award-winning Loop Design Guidelines, taking them to the next phase of development: determine the protocol for where signs will be placed, what will go on the wayfinding signs, and where trailheads and access points to the Loop will be.
These decisions will affect sections of the currently-built trail and serve as a model for future sections.
The featured area of the master plan’s work will include approximately 40 miles of existing and proposed sections of the Louisville Loop and key features of Louisville’s southwestern region. Existing Loop sections include the 7-mile Riverwalk from downtown Waterfront Park west to Chickasaw Park; the 12-mile Levee Trail from Lees Lane to Watson Lane in the southwest; a 1.3-mile trail along Pond Creek with the trailhead on Lamborne Blvd; and connecting routes along city streets, parkways, and through parks. Future sections include a 12-mile route from Watson Lane to the intersection of Fairdale and Manslick Roads.
The public’s input is needed on the location of trailheads and access points and on the protocol for signage and wayfinding decisions. Please attend the first public meeting held on this issue Monday, December 13th, 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Shawnee Golf Course Club House.