City parks are powerful tools that strengthen the fabric of urban communities, positively impact health and the environment, and spur economic revitalization. As communities respond to the public health crises of systemic racism and Covid-19, parks and greenspaces must be considered vital civic infrastructure in long-term recovery efforts to foster more resilient cities. Yet in low-income communities where their benefits are most needed, park amenities are often the most limited. To help Louisville thrive, we must invest equitably in parks and recreational facilities—and create public spaces that will help all people heal and flourish.
The Maple Street Park Project is poised to achieve these goals, and the Louisville Parks Foundation is honored to be the nonprofit partner on this unprecedented opportunity. The new public park will address longstanding inequities and enhance the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for thousands of people in the California neighborhood, a historically disinvested community, where just 1% of land is dedicated to parks and open space.
Working together, this project will transform acres of vacant property into a vibrant public park that supports the community’s vision for the future. Over the next two years, efforts will focus on:
Launching the Equitable Development Planning Process and the next phase of community engagement
Enabling responsible acquisition of the final properties needed to complete the park footprint
Completing planning, design, and capital fundraising
Starting construction of multi-purpose athletic fields and natural play areas
Maple Street represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring a significant new asset to an underserved urban neighborhood, strengthening the social fabric of the community.
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Voices of the California Neighborhood
LPF Board Member