The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host two public workshops in 2023 to share updates and gain community feedback on the Beargrass Preserve Master Plan.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE #2
Provide feedback on the Beargrass Preserve Master Plan!
When: Wednesday, October 18th. Stop by anytime between 5pm and 7pm!
Where: Douglas Community Center, 2305 Douglass Blvd, Louisville, KY 40205
What: Join the Olmsted Parks Conservancy at the Douglas Community Center to share your feedback on the future design of Beargrass Preserve. During the open house, you will have the opportunity to learn about the design process, learn more about the site's history, and provide your input on two different design concepts for BGP's Master Plan. We hope to see you there!
PUBLIC WORKSHOP #1
On Thursday, June 21st, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy hosted its first public event for Beargrass Preserve. In total, 45 community members attended the event and shared their ideas about the future design of Beargrass Preserve. To do this, attendees were asked to provide input on potential park uses that relate to four different landscape zones within Beargrass Preserve. These landscape zones represent four physically and ecologically distinct areas across the site, including the scattered woods and gentle sloping terrain of the Knoll, the wooded upslopes of the Upland Forest, the forested creek banks and downslopes of the Riparian Floodplain, and the wooded cliff faces that characterize the Limestone Cliffs.
A high-level summary of meeting attendees’ input on the future design of these areas is included below:
In the Knoll, the top future uses that meeting attendees would like to see are a structure that can provide space for uses like events or OPC office space, native gardens, an open lawn space, and a mix of hard and soft surface trails that are comfortable for families and people of all abilities to access.
In the Upland Forest, the top future uses that meeting attendees would like to see are soft surface trails, a meadow area, reforestation efforts, and bike trails that are separate from walking trails.
In the Riparian Floodplain, the top future uses that meeting attendees would like to see are a boardwalk trail, soft surface trails, interpretive and educational areas, and native ecosystem restoration.
Along the Limestone Cliffs, the top future uses that meeting attendees would like to see are soft surface trails and efforts to protect native plants. Because this is an ecologically sensitive area, there is public concern about overuse.