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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.