Help Metro Parks Celebrate National Public Lands Day!
To commemorate National Public Lands Day, the Natural Areas division of Metro Parks, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh are hosting a volunteer event at the Beargrass Creek Greenway at Irish Hill on Saturday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers should gather that day at the entry point to the 38-acre park, located at Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive. The cleanup will include portions of the Greenway behind the Girl Scouts’ local headquarters, less than a quarter-mile away.
“The Girl Scouts are setting a good example for the rest of us by helping clean the Beargrass Creek Greenway, which is literally in their backyard,” said Ward-Pugh. “We are hoping that neighbors and area businesses pitch in, grab a pair of gloves and lend a hand.”
The effort will largely involve the removal of trash, debris and invasive plants. There will be bat and bird box installation and a presentation by Redwing Ecological Services. Metro Parks will provide the necessary tools for volunteers to use.
Registration for the cleanup can take place either in advance or on site. To register, please e-mail Sherry Wright at Sherry.Wright@louisvilleky.gov
. Volunteers should park in the parking lot for Jim Porter’s Goodtime Emporium
The volunteer event is also an opportunity to continue the work the Natural Areas staff began in 2004, when they embarked on a long-term project to improve habitat on both sides of Beargrass Creek by replacing exotic invasive plants through the replanting of native vegetation. Staff has also worked to engage the community by promoting awareness of the creek, including a partnership with Male High School’s AP Environmental Science class in which students were introduced to environmental science concepts by using the Greenway as an outdoor classroom. Recently, Metro Parks partnered with MSD to construct an infiltration basin/wetland at the corner of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive designed to remove pollutants from storm water before it reaches Beargrass Creek.
Location:Beargrass Creek Greenway
2001 Lexington Court