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Louisville’s new District Six Councilman David James has been busy lately.  Through his efforts, the city’s Toonerville Park will get a new “leash” on life this Saturday when work begins on the first phase of several renovations for a well known and beloved neighborhood park. It’s an opportunity for residents of Old Louisville to enjoy their neighborhood and at the same take care of the family pet. Toonerville Park, at Brook and Oak Streets, will soon become the city’s first urban dog run.

David James 2 facebook_0.jpg“The people of Old Louisville want to see Toonerville Park become an important part of their community,” says Councilman David James (Dem., 6th Dist.). “This dog run is just the beginning of that process.”

On Saturday, December 17th, Councilman James will join Metro Parks and representatives of the Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association along with the Louisville Dog Run Association at the park to begin Phase I of transforming the park to its future role as a community asset. The event will start at 11:30 a.m.

The proposed dog run will comprise two areas: a grassy area for the warmer months and asphalt for the colder months. Like other dog runs in the city, the Louisville Dog Run Association will operate the park and will be on hand Saturday to sign up owners.

Councilman James provided $30,000 in Community Infrastructure funding to begin the park’s renovations. The dog run begins Phase I of the project. The Master Plan for Toonerville Park calls for new sidewalks, trees and playground equipment.

“Toonerville Park is one of our hidden treasurers in Old Louisville and residents have told us to bring the park back to life,” says James. “This will start the process to make this park an important part of the fabric of Old Louisville once again.”

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Toonerville Trolley Park

In other news, Councilman James announced today that residents of District 6 still have one more chance to comment on what Metro Louisville should look for in its next Chief of Metro Police. Councilman James will host his final forum on the search this weekend.

Louisville Metro Police Badge_0.jpg“I want to make sure everyone has a chance to have their say as this process continues,” says James. “We have heard many good comments in our previous forums about what the city should look for and I expect to hear more this weekend.”

The final Chief’s Forum will be at the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park, 1340 South Fourth Street. The forum begins at 10:00 a.m.

Councilman James has already sponsored a series of forums in the West, South and Southwestern areas of Louisville. All information and comments gathered from the public will be forwarded to the Southern Police Institute and Mayor Greg Fischer. The Institute is coordinating candidates for the Chief’s position for the city.

“I encourage everyone to come out and let us hear what you have to say,” James added.

For more information about the Chief’s Forum or the Toonerville Park dog run, contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106.

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At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.

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