I am just treading through my memory lane with the news that an old swampy hang out along Floyds Fork (a winding creek) is now home to a huge Park… which it kinda was a park way back when, but they have now connected five distinct natural environments (now parks) into an interactive public park. I was even under the spell of the Pope Lick Monster (half goat and half man, because aren’t they all) who entranced me to walk over the trestle… however, not in front of an oncoming train, but high enough and dangerous enough to warrant my death if one did come (only joking about the monster, not the walking on the trestle… that was just young invincible stupidity). What once was a teenage hangout to sneak smoking and drinking, is now a family adventure into nature.
It now has hiking, biking, fishing, sports, science camps, mountain biking, community gardens, canoeing, paddle boating, etc. I am so over the top excited about this. It is offers much more than the other outstanding parks in our area. It is a total of 4,000 acres of enjoyment and protection of the ecosystem. Only part of the park are fully open with the rest opening in 2015. It features “100 miles of trails for hiking and biking, 19 miles of canoe trails, dozens of picnic areas, ponds stocked with fish, sports fields big enough for a college soccer game, a dog park cleverly titled The Barklands, and formal meeting spaces.” “The Parklands is home to an estimated 700 species of plants and animals, including approximately 20 native types of mussels and four distinct types of owls. Almost 80 percent of the 4,000 acres will be naturally restored and managed woodlands, wetlands and meadows.”
The Parklands boast a lot of history along with their restored nature. The namesake of the park is one Colonel John Floyd, who was an explorer that was more infamous than Daniel Boone in his time. He was one of the first judges of Louisville and a soldier and leader. He was a hero too when he rescued Daniel Boone’s daughter from Native American kidnappers. He died young at the age of 32.
In line with the youth of my day, the Parklands was once the home of the Grossworth Distillery, the maker of Kentucky Supreme until a fire wiped them out in 1968. It was also home to a man made mineral lake that was bottled and sold as a cure for arthritis and rheumatism. Munchkinville, a camp of fishing cabins once made its home in the Parklands as well.
I am happy that our fair city has decided to host this $120 million dollar project. It will be donor supported and I hope the citizens of Louisville contribute their part in this endeavor. It is not only good for the people and families, but for our historic, geographic, and natural legacy. Please visit them at The Parklands of Floyds Fork.