The Parklands of Floyds Fork is adding 664 acres to its footprint in southeastern Louisville.
The public park system, made up of four parks connected by the Louisville Loop, acquired a 508-acre piece of land adjacent to Broad Run Park + 156 acres in two other areas.
The new land near Broad Run is the largest single property acquisition in The Parklands’ history and will nearly double its size.
The area dips into Bullitt County, and its rolling terrain has a mix of wooded spaces, grasslands, and wildflowers. While plans are still being made on what to do with it, the area will likely be used for hiking trails and as a large natural preserve. The proposed name for the preserve is The Parklands Preserve.
Fun fact: The new land is also home to the an endangered wildflower species called the Kentucky glade cress not found anywhere outside the state. The small, white and yellow flower is a member of the mustard family.
Broad Run Park opened in 2016 with 600 acres and features tree-lined walking paths, the Cliffside Center playground and sprayground, wildflower fields, lookout points, waterfalls, and the Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden.
As far as the other 156 acres, no details have been released yet on their location or what they will become in the future.
Haven’t been to The Parklands in a while? Check out its upcoming events this month, like the walking club.