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2024

The initiative, which began with the installation of a network for Alberta O. Jones Park in the California neighborhood in November, has continued into 2024 with networks now available at Ben Washer Park in Limerick and Boone Square Park in Portland.

For parents seeking a peaceful retreat in the heart of Louisville, Alberta O. Jones Park is a haven that offers family-friendly activities.

Attorney Alberta O. Jones was the first African American woman to pass the bar exam in Kentucky and become a prosecutor in Louisville.

Louisville Metro plans to connect all the city’s public parks to free 5G Wi-Fi by the end of summer 2025. Plans are underway with a focus on low-income areas in the city.

The EPA announced $2,468,200 to fund 3 projects in Kentucky that advance environmental justice as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.

Furthermore, the EPA awarded a half-million-dollars to the Parks Alliance of Louisville for Alberta Jones Park. It's for a park community council, a superintendent working for the council, and an equity study figuring out the best use for the area.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the city of Louisville more than $1 million to expand a park in the California neighborhood.

2023

The newly opened Alberta O. Jones Park aims to attract visitors by offering free Wi-Fi, providing essential green space coupled with internet access.

Alberta O. Jones Park offers free high-speed 5G Wi-Fi, addressing the barrier of internet access for low-income families, and the success has prompted plans to extend the service to four more parks.

The community celebrated the first annual Alberta O. Jones Park Day in the California neighborhood on Saturday afternoon. 

Across the street from what will soon be the Alberta O. Jones Park, the Parks Alliance of Louisville held an inaugural celebration and unveiled a new portrait of the civil rights icon.

In the California neighborhood, a 20-acre park will have walking paths, outdoor fitness stations, a park lawn, a performance pavilion and a music-themed playground.

The California neighborhood held a celebration Saturday afternoon at the future site of the 20-acre park along Maple Street.

A Louisville pioneer and civil rights champion was honored Saturday at what will be a brand new park.

A small portion of what will become the 20-acre park, the Parks Alliance of Louisville announced a month-long campaign inspired by Alberta Jones' commitment to social justice called #BecauseOfAlbertaJones.

The 5G connection will be accessible through the entire park and can be used not only by park visitors but also by community groups hosting events at the park.

The park honors the late Louisville civil rights leader Alberta O. Jones, who was the city’s first African American woman to pass the Kentucky bar. Today she is honored in the California neighborhood.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the first phase of Alberta O. Jones Park, named for a pioneering Louisville attorney and civil rights champion.

Once completed, the park will take up 20-acres. It was designed by the Louisville Parks Alliance after surveying California neighborhood residents about what they wanted to prioritize.

Nearly 60 years after she was murdered, Alberta Jones' legacy of civil rights lives on in the California neighborhood.

The city of Louisville is paying tribute to a civil rights icon. The late Alberta O. Jones, who was murdered in 1965, is now forever remembered at a park dedicated in her name.

Opened in the 1930s, the Chickasaw Park pond is also the only public pond in the West End. Metro Council set aside $2.5 million in federal COVID-19 funds for that purpose last April.

Jefferson County is home to over 150 parks — from our mighty flagships like Cherokee and Iroquois Parks to tiny neighborhood parks — and that number is growing.

In late January, Mayor Craig Greenberg and the Parks Alliance of Louisville announced a 15-year plan to restore equality within the city's park system.

A ground breaking ceremony was held on Saturday at Alberta Jones Park. It's located along Maple Street between Dr. W.J. Hodge and 25th streets. 

The Parks Alliance of Louisville joined residents and community leaders of the California neighborhood to break ground on the first phase of Alberta Jones Park.

The first phase of construction of the Alberta Jones Park is underway, as community leaders and neighborhood residents broke ground on the California neighborhood space at the start of the weekend.

Through the leadership of the Parks Alliance and a community-driven planning process, the site will become Louisville’s newest public park.

2022

The Louisville Metro Park System is about to get some much needed funding, focused on building equity and excellence.

For decades, Louisville has underfunded a majority of its 120 public parks, leaving most in the city's west and south ends in poor condition.

Mayor Craig Greenberg and the Parks Alliance of Louisville unveiled the Parks for All Action Plan on Wednesday.

Mayor Craig Greenberg joined city leaders Wednesday in the Muhammad Ali Center to unveil a new plan aimed at improving Louisville's public park system.

Mayor Craig Greenberg and the Parks Alliance of Louisville unveiled the Parks For All Action Plan, a comprehensive, long-term roadmap to build equity and excellence in Louisville’s public park system which includes 120 parks, 14 community centers, pools, golf courses, greenways, parkways, and two historic homes. 

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg and the Parks Alliance of Louisville announced the Parks For All Action Plan. The long-term plan is focused on ending underfunding of the Louisville Metro Park System.

Louisville Metro Council is considering a resolution urging the overhaul of the parks system to address inequities, reorganize the department and ensure more residents are within 10 minutes of a greenspace.

Louisville has one of the strongest urban heat islands in North America. This means that temperatures in Louisville’s urban core are consistently 5-10 degrees warmer than the surrounding rural areas. Because of its severity, researchers from across the US commonly use Louisville as a case study to demonstrate the causes and consequences of urban heat islands.

An empty space in the California neighborhood is now one step closer to becoming what its neighbors want it to be. Back in August 2009, Louisville experienced historically heavy rainfall. Over a thousand homes in the West End were flooded, and the area of Maple Street between Dr. W.J. Hodge and 26th Streets was wiped out.

The Maple Street Green Space project has been 13 years in the making. According to its website, flooding in West Louisville in August 2009 devastated homes on Maple Street between Dr. W.J Hodge and 26th Street. The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District $9.75 million in 2013 to acquire 128 homes, allowing residents to move out of the hazardous area.

Louisville Metro Government plans to spend $200,000 on auditing its public parks. Louisville has more than 120 public parks, and all of them will be part of a study led by the Parks Alliance of Louisville.

The Parks Alliance of Louisville, formerly known as Louisville Parks Foundation, announced on Tuesday the launch of "Parks for All Equitable Investment Initiative," which will focus on enhancing the public park system.

The rebranded Parks Alliance of Louisville, formerly known as the Louisville Parks Foundation, is pushing for equitable investment in city parks. Under the new initiative “Parks for All Equitable Investment Initiative” leaders will prioritize funding for 120 public parks in the Louisville area.

Parks are free, open and accessible and represent a critical component to addressing a city’s needs for racial and economic equity. They are powerful tools that strengthen the fabric of urban communities, positively impact health and the environment and spur economic revitalization. 

The Louisville Parks Foundation is changing its name and devoting itself to driving equitable investment in the city’s parks, starting with a needs assessment. 

Enhancing public parks and the neighborhoods that surround them. A local group announced a project to study the impact of improving Louisville's parks.

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