Louisville Parks and Recreation is making progress on a transformative project in Chickasaw Park!
If you have been to Chickasaw Park lately, you may be wondering why the pond is drained! Louisville Parks and Recreation is working on a major project funded by the American Rescue Plan that will improve water quality and fishing opportunities and add canoe and kayak access.
We are grateful to Wilderness Louisville and Louisville Parks and Recreation Natural Areas division for bringing these improvements to the Chickasaw Park community.
As of December, Louisville Parks and Recreation provided the following progress update:
The large kayak/canoe launch and adjacent ramp are almost complete.
Both the stormwater infrastructure and pond drainage system are installed and complete.
The plumbers are working on installing a float fill valve pit and backflow vault that will fill the pond when Mother Nature does not. Once completed, the bentonite contractor will slowly begin to fill the pond. Bentonite cannot be placed with the ground frozen, so this part of the project is weather dependent.
Numerous overlooks and fishing piers are excavated and ready for the limestone seatwalls, columns, and pavers, all built by hand. It is slow, meticulous work but they are bringing in additional masons to help. Once the piers and overlooks are completed, the masons will be moving to the curbing in the parking lot.
They are working with LG&E to get new, updated walking path lights.
The heavy earthwork subcontractor is scheduled to be back on site in the spring. At that time, Olmsted Parks Conservancy will coordinate with Louisville Parks and Recreation to install a large “butterfly and bee” pollinator meadow as a tribute to Muhammad Ali.
Paving of the walking paths and parking lots will be the final process of the project.
Chickasaw Park is the site of several restoration projects by several organizations. Olmsted Parks Conservancy is currently raising funds to restore the Chickasaw Park lodge in addition to funding, planning and installing the Butterfly and Bee Pollinator Meadow.