'The Strand' at the Parklands is now open

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An exciting day in the east end of Jefferson County as the final piece of The Parklands of Floyds Fork was opened to the public.

The Strand, as this section is known, completes the nearly 4,000-acre park.

With its completion, the Parklands now offers visitors 19 miles of continuous, fully-accessible pathway for walkers, runners, and cyclists.

The people behind the park say this is unlike anything in the US, a 21st-century Olmsted park system.

"Many people are building big parks. Many people are building very exciting parks downtown, but to create what Frederick Law Olmstead said at the end of his life was the right way to do it, which we did in Louisville with Cherokee and Iroquois and Shawnee and the connecting parkways, we are doing again. Nobody else is doing that,” Dan Jones, the President & CEO of the Parklands said.

The Parklands is the creation of David Jones and his son Dan as they raised private and public money to get it built and their non-profit organization maintains it, not Metro Parks.

There are no roadways to access The Strand, you will have to park in Pope Lick Park or Turkey Run Park to access it.


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