The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 29, Issue 4

April 2007    

U. of L. seeks feedback from Old Louisville

U of L is developing its 2020 strategic plan and is interested in reviewing it with key stakeholders in the community. One of the identified key community stakeholders is Old Louisville. The Strategic Planning Task Force reviewed the plan with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council at their March 27th meeting.
This is an unique opportunity for Old Louisville to be informed and be a part of U of L’s new strategic vision.
Check with your neighborhood association representative for more information, or contact the Old Louisville Information Center, (502) 635-5244.

If it seems to good to be true…it is probably STOLEN!!!

A thought from the Crime and Safety Committee…if you are approached on the street with someone offering to sell you an item at a VERY reduced cost, for example…a ladder for $25 or a laptop computer for $100… it is more than likely STOLEN from one of your neighbors. With the rash of break-ins we, in Old Louisville, have been enduring…PLEASE do not help the thieves out by purchasing their loot. Our 4th Division Officers are working diligently to apprehend these scalawags. Let’s help the Officers and ourselves by being aware of our surroundings, smart in securing our homes and apartments, and diligent about calling the POLICE when our property or we have been “messed with”. The Crime and Safety Committee meets on the third Monday of each month 7:00pm at the Information Center…come and add your two cents worth.


The free drop-off day for Louisville residents is Sunday, April 15.

Residents can dispose of junk and bulk waste items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waste Management Outer Loop Landfill, 2673 Outer Loop. More than 500 residents took advantage of the free service last spring and brought in more than 263 tons of junk – 25 tons of the total collection were recycled.

Annual Spring Cleanup at Central Park
Rescheduled for AFTER DERBY
Details to follow!

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OLNC - Crime and Safety Committee
>>>Subcommittee on Prevention of Apartment Burglaries <<<

From: Helga Ulrich,

Location: Old Louisville Information Center, Central Park

Meeting Minutes –February 6, 2007, 6:00 PM

The following actions were discussed and agreed to:
In the Order listed
1. Develop a Database that lists all apartment building managers and/or owners completed to be within 3 months;
a. Complete within 3 months
b. Seek volunteers from the whole C&S Committee at February 19th meeting
c. PVA database, although not very current can be used to identify multifamily housing

2. Develop a document that provides specifics on Background checks for potential tenants – Andrea Brown
a. Location, local arrest record, NCIC, sex offenders, etc.
b. time, cost

3. Develop a flyer-like document to be forwarded to apartment managers to contain:
a. Crime prevention tips
b. Site name and/or copies of Kentucky Landlord /Tenant Guide

4. Encourage the LMPD to send Officer Brown for special Training on Apartment burglaries (training provided in Phoenix, AZ in June)

5. Training of Apartment Managers by Officer Brown towards their certification process — scratchy steps with more specifics to be explained after the training;
a. Help develop advertisement for the training
b. Help develop a rating system
c. Help develop a process to maintain the rating system

Next Step: General C&S committee meeting February 19th to determine how the action items will be distributed: seeking other volunteers.

Central Park West is undertaking a new project

Central Park West is undertaking a new project and is looking for your help. CPW is partnering with Arcadia Publishing to produce a photographic history of Old Louisville. So what kind of help do we need? Four things; ideas, old photographs, information and people.
To include everything we would like about Old Louisville would require volumes, so we are going to limit our efforts to some major “events and elements”. So far we are looking at influential events like: the Southern Exhibition, the introduction of trolleys, the ’37 flood, Urban Renewal, the St. James Art Show, historic district designation and the explosion of the sewers. Some of the “elements” we are considering are: St. James Court, Walking Courts, the “mansions”, Churches, and educational facilities. We know there are more possibilities then these. We’re hoping you will have some ideas you could share with us.
Speaking of sharing, we need photographs and information. Yes, we will be checking out the usual list of locations, like U of L, the Courier-Journal, the library, and more. But we know there are a lot of people, churches, schools, businesses and others with photos and stories that the public has never seen or heard. We’re hoping you might consider helping us locate these treasures.
Perhaps the project sounds interesting but you don’t have any ideas, photos or stories to share. Well, we can always use more help. There are a lot of things that need doing and never enough people.
Interested? Give me a call (636.0428) or drop me an e-mail (
Gary Kleier

Historic Old Louisville Central Park
“Sunday Concerts in the Park”
Schedule Released

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council’s 2007 “Sunday Concerts in Central Park” series will commence on Sunday, June 3rd and end the first Sunday in October. The Concerts are scheduled from 4:00PM to 5:30PM with the exception of the concert offered during the St. James Court Art Show weekend when the concert will be held from 2:00PM to 3:30PM.
The June concert will also include a free Ice Cream Social.
“Old Louisville is proud to host many quality events throughout the year. The five scheduled Central Park Concerts are a perfect outing for the neighborhood residents, families and guests to our city and neighborhood.” Said Chuck Anderson, Council President. “And the best part is that we offer them free.”
A full concert schedule of the musical groups performing will soon be announced. The last of the “Concert in Central Park” series is scheduled for October 7th in conjunction with the last day of the St. James Court Art Show.


Are you ready to put the dreary cold days of winter behind you? The best way is to imagine the vibrant colored flowers that could bring your home or apartment to life, especially with the Derby just around the corner.
The Second Street Neighborhood Association is sponsoring their 20th Annual Springtime Bedding Plant Sale on April 28, 2007. Along with the marigolds and zinnias we remember from our grandmother’s garden, the Celosia, with its plume-like flowers, a favorite from last year, will be available again this year.
Our plant sale committee is extremely excited about two new hanging baskets. The “Blue Wonder” Scaevola is a sun-loving plant that produces non-stop blooms of blue fan-shaped flowers on trailing stems throughout summer to frost. It works great as a hanging basket or it can be transplanted into an urn or container. It thrives in the hot and humid weather that Louisville is known for. Another one of nature’s breath-taking gems is the Fuchsia. Its cascading stems tenderly hold colorful bell-shaped bi-colored flowers that come in the choices of purple and red flowers or red and white flowers. The red and purple Fuchsia would be the perfect gift for the special friend in your life that may be a member of the Red Hat Society!!! And of course, the ever-popular Wave is available again in four beautiful colors. This makes the perfect ground cover with minimal maintenance.
Please note we have moved our pick-up location to a larger space at the rear of 1381 South Second Street. This new location is courtesy of Anne and Matt Lyons.
Old Louisville expert landscape designers, Kevin Kouba and Rick Tabb of Bearwood Gardens, will be on hand to answer questions about flowers. They have personally selected a variety of perennials from the nursery that are easily adapted to sunny locations as well as shady areas. Flowers from neighborhood gardens will also be available for purchase. Arrive early since these supplies are limited. Our “worm expert”, Paul Schellenberger will be on hand to answer questions about his worm castings and how to start your own composting project.
April 20 is the ordering deadline. Plants can be picked up on Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 to noon at the garage behind 1381 South Second Street. We guarantee 100% satisfaction or your money will be cheerfully refunded.

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Lawnmower Rebate Helps Make
the Air Cleaner, Yards Greener
Get $100 to switch from gas-powered lawn equipment

March 5, 2007 (LOUISVILLE) – Louisville residents can make the air cleaner and their yards “greener” with the Lawn Care Rebate Program offered by the Kentuckiana Air Education program (KAIRE).
The program offers Louisville residents up to $100 for trading in a gasoline-powered mower toward the cost of an electric, battery or reel (manual) mower.
Rebates are available for other lawn maintenance equipment including electric string trimmers, leaf blowers, and replacement batteries. Instant rebates are available at local participating retail outlets, which are listed on the District’s website.
Equipment may be purchased and Standard Rebates (without gasoline-powered trade-in) requested any time of year, but the Louisville Metro Recycling Facilities only accept lawn care equipment for recycling (for Bonus Rebates with trade-in) from March 1 through September 30.
Nearly 4,000 Louisville residents have taken advantage of the rebate program since it began.
KAIRE is a community outreach effort of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District. For more information call 574-5322 or visit the District’s website: .

Fifty and Over Games
Metro Parks will host the annual Louisville Fifty and Over Games from May 7 to 20, and registration begins March 7. For $20, you can compete in more than a dozen competitions – everything from basketball and a triathlon to bowling, billiards and ballroom dancing. Visit the Fifty and Over web site at  for details.

Metro Parks Newsroom
City of Parks initiative adds 458 acres in Floyds Fork area
Acquisition is largest single purchase since project began; should become part of new 1,000-acre park

The ambitious Floyds Fork Greenway Project – part of the City of Parks initiative – has moved a step closer to reality with the acquisition by 21st Century Parks of 458 acres off Brush Run Road.  This purchase includes most of the old 570-acre Seatonville Springs Country Club, also known as the “Irongate property.”  Including nearby properties owned by Future Fund, there are approximately 1,000 acres of contiguous green space that can become one of three large new parks along Floyds Fork.
“Our City of Parks is not just a dream, it’s a reality,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson.  “This acquisition solidifies the critical mass of land for one of the anchor parks that will provide generations of enjoyment along the Floyds Fork corridor.”  A 1,000 acre park would become the largest regional park in the Metro Parks system – bigger than Cherokee Park (409 acres), Iroquois Park (739 acres) and McNeely Lake Park (746 acres).  Only the park system’s two forests – Jefferson Memorial Forest (6,191 acres) and Otter Creek Park (2,600 acres) – are larger.

21st Century Parks, a non-profit organization founded by David A. Jones Sr. and Dan Jones to acquire and develop a system of interconnected parks in the Floyds Fork watershed, paid $5,056,142 for the 458-acre property.  This is the largest single purchase of property since the City of Parks initiative began in February 2005, and it is the first time that 21st Century Parks has directly purchased land.  Previous acquisitions in the Floyds Fork corridor were funded by 21st Century Parks, but purchased through either Metro Parks or Future Fund, created in the early 1990s to preserve land along Floyds Fork.  The Floyds Fork Greenway Project stretches along 27 miles of Floyds Fork, from Shelbyville Road to Bardstown Road.
Abramson and David Jones unveiled the City of Parks concept in February 2005.  It includes the addition of thousands of acres of park land in the Floyds Fork corridor, a 100-mile paved metro loop path encircling the city, continued expansion of the Jefferson Memorial Forest, and millions of dollars in capital improvements to existing parks.  Metro Parks has completed 181 capital improvement projects worth $23.8 million since city and county governments merged in 2003, with an additional 88 projects underway.  The Floyds Fork Greenway component of the City of Parks initiative has $62 million in funding commitments from public and private sources.


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