Residents take steps to reduce crime in Parkland Neighborhood


by WHAS11

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 5:52 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Residents in Parkland and Park Duvalle are taking some big moves to reduce crime in their neighborhood. A year after three people died in a neighborhood, crime has dropped 20 percent in the second district.

It's the kind of horrific neighborhood shoot out that Parkland residents still have etched in their memory. But just five blocks from where that crime happened, a rebirth of sorts is growing out of this vacant lot.

"What we are doing is taking something like that and transforming it into something new. We are going to grow a community after a tragedy like this and say to folks we are going to do this together," Councilwoman Attica Scott said.

In a matter of days this will be a community garden. Rows of vegetables, flowers. All will be maintained and built by residents here. It's a symbol that change is happening.

"Community gardens have been proven to reduce crime. They get community folks engaged to know one another," Scott said.

The garden is part of a multi-pronged approach to turn crime around. Community meetings, like the one on Monday night keeps residents talking, planning block watches, planting gardens and essentially taking their neighborhood back.

"In order for our community to grow and evolve and be a good place for our children then we need to get involved," Linda Johnson, Parkland resident, said.

It's neighbors watching out for neighbors,  working closely with the police and this garden is the next step.

"We are getting there. We are on the fast track now," Donna Sanders, Parkland Resident, said.

Residential and commercial burglaries are down 20 percent in both Parkland and Park Duvalle. Residents say it's just old fashion community policing and officers working hand in hand with residents.