Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:45PM
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The West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative Master Plan has received the 2017 KYASLA Honor Award in the Planning & Analysis category for the expansion of nature-based recreation, education and stewardship. The award recognizes excellence in the profession of landscape architecture in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative connects underserved populations in West Louisville’s neighborhoods to quality-of-life-enhancing recreational opportunities. MKSK led a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and to master plan innovative recreational opportunities within three historic parks located along the Ohio River— Shawnee Park, Chickasaw Park, and Portland Wharf Park (Shawnee and Chickasaw Parks design by Fredrick Law Olmsted). The planning process included an interactive community engagement program to help determine the most popular and desired recreation opportunities. The plans for each park introduce unique and accessible spaces that encourage nature-based activity for all ages.

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, March 3 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky during the 2017 Annual Conference.

View the final Master Plan document on our ISSUU page

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Chickasaw Park aviary garden, trail and bird blind structure.

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Portland Wharf Park Woodlan Art Walk.

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Portland Wharf camping areas for large groups.

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Portland Wharf Park“Ghost Street” trails mimicking historic street patterns.

Shawnee Park extreme play forest and woodland bike trail.

Shawnee Park ADA-accessible Woodland Play Area playscape.

The Chickasaw Pond improvements included perimeter walking paths, observation areas, fishing piers, and a hovering boardwalk.

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