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Louisville ECHO: A West LouisvilleKY Outdoor Recreation Initiative

Louisville, KY., – The Natural Areas Division of Louisville (Kentucky) Parks is increasing equitable access to nature through its Louisville Is Engaging Children Outdoors (Louisville ECHO) initiative. The department is addressing social determinants of health by expanding environmental education and outdoor recreation programming within underserved communities, including communities of color in west Louisville, and the program has expanded steadily since its inception in 2008. “It’s become a holistic, multipartner initiative that’s creating “cradle-to-career” access to nature and green space for nearly 2,500 youth through complementary, age-appropriate activities, including nature play, school field trips, out-of-school time outdoor recreational programming and summer…


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New bicycle pump track unveiled at LouisvilleKY’s Shawnee Park

Photos from Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton’s Facebook page… Louisville, KY., – Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and others were on hand Saturday as Louisville Parks and Recreation unveiled a new bicycle pump track in Shawnee Park as part of the West Louisville Appreciation Day festival. “This pump track is another exciting way for young people in West Louisville and throughout our city to experience the outdoors and have fun in one of the many award-winning parks right here in our community. It was an honor to join Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and so many West…


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LIBA hires Neighborhood Initiatives Manager to boost local businesses in West and South LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY (January 12, 2017) – The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) has hired Charles Booker to serve as Neighborhood Initiatives Manager for South and West Louisville. Building on LIBA’s successful “keep South Louisville weird” campaign, as well as the organization’s targeted efforts to support current and aspiring local businesses in West Louisville, Booker will work in a part-time capacity to lead grassroots campaigns and promote independent business growth. Anyone interested in contributing their time and talent to help this effort can attend an upcoming committee meeting on Wednesday, February 8th for South Louisville (9:30am at Republic Bank, 5125 New…


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Déjà vu? Let’s Regenerate, Not Demolish Louisville KY’s Black Neighborhoods

By  John “Hans” Gilderbloom In the 1960 classic, Growing Up Absurd, social critic Paul Goodman wrote,  “A man has only one life and if during it he has no great environment, no community, he has been irreparably robbed of a human right.”  In Louisville a group of mostly white developers, OneWest, a spinoff of Leadership Louisville, is poised to forget the right each human being has to a great environment.  It is also the political arm of the Mayor of Louisville. Leadership Louisville’s tactics for revitalizing West Louisville have excluded the voices of those who invested in the community already–through…