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    Saturday marked the debut of a new trolley service in South Louisville along New Cut Road and Southern Parkway between Churchill Downs and Jefferson Memorial Forest. The service is an extension of the previous trolley hop, which began running monthly between July 2012 and May 2013 from Iroquois Park to the municipal urban forest, the largest in the United States.

    From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., riders could board at marked points along the route to explore the many attractions, shops and restaurants in the area. Major attractions included the Kentucky Derby Museum, which offered two-for-one admission to the first 150 riders, Iroquois Park, The Little Loomhouse on Kenwood Hill Road – where the first time “Happy Birthday to You” was sung by the Hill sisters Patty and Mildred – the Fairdale Library, and Jefferson Memorial Forest.

    The trolley hop was organized by the Auburndale Neighborhood Association with the help of TARC and a Louisville Metro Council Neighborhood Development Fund grant organized by Metro Councilwoman Vicki Welch, whose district covers Fairdale and the Jefferson Memorial Forest.

    The hop will continue monthly through the summer and fall, with the next trolley service scheduled for Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Photos: Cameron Miquelon/

    The New Cut/Southern Parkway Trolley began near Gate 1 of Churchill Downs.
    Four trolleys were in service throughout the hop.
    A timetable of where this particular trolley was to be at every major stop along the route.
    At Iroquois Park, riders could depart from the trolley to explore the park, and to learn more about the hop at the nearby information tent.
    An employee at Jefferson Memorial Forest aids a hiker in selecting the right path to explore.
    The shortest path in the largest municial urban forest in the United States is the Memorial Trail, which loops the information center at a distance of 0.13 miles.
    A trolley arrives at Jefferson Memorial Forest to drop off and pick up riders.
    TARC staff holding a confab about the timetable, as some trolleys were either too early or too late to their major stops along the route.
    Auburndale Neighborhood Association member Bob Dawson and Louisville Metro Councilwoman Vicki Welch pose for
    One of the major attractions along the route was the Little Loomhouse along Kenwood Hill Road.
    The attraction is so named for the little looms created by Lou Tate for soldiers fighting during WWII.
    The last passengers disembark from the trolley at Iroquois Park.
    The last trolley departed from the park minutes before 4 p.m.

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