(WHAS11) In this week’s Project Green, we examine a group working to preserve 4,000 acres of land along the Floyds Fork watershed; their name is 21st Century Parks.
We’ve all heard of projects that are designed to help keep delicate ecosystems safe from development, so what makes this one different?
“This is one of the largest park projects in the nation of its kind. When we look at those generational projects, there are only about 4 in the U.S. What makes this one very unique and differentiates it from the others is [one], it’s nonprofit. We have 2 key partners, one is the senate; Mitch McConnell, who provided funds through the federal transportation bill which will provide the roads and the trails. The other is Metro Parks, which will allow us to incorporate our park with others in the metro. And the future fund conservatory, which has done a lot of land conservation out here,” said 21st Century Parks’ Scott Martin.
So where did all of this land come from?
“All the land that was acquired was done so voluntarily. No condemnation. No imminent domains. There was no giant air force base that we are just converting. These were all farmers and families who had a sense of legacy and attachment to the land. They had a vision to help see this park come true,” said Martin.
So what is the goal for area residents?
“One of the things we are picking up on is accessibility; bringing nature into downtown. Helping people realize what’s here and making it easy to get to. This park will be run as a non-profit. It’s being delivered and saved in perpetuity for the public’s interest. This park will never be a landfill or a Cosco. It’s always going to be a park-like setting for everyone to enjoy,” said Martin.
This is, overall, a very ambitious project with the goal of keeping our area a little greener.
For more information on 21st Century Parks and the Floyds Fork Greenway Project, please visit our Project Green section on WHAS11.com.