- Louisville Metro Parks Board
- United States of America
Kentucky is the Horse Capital of the World, and Louisville is the Home of the Kentucky Derby. The horse industry, at large, brings millions of dollars into our state's economy annually. Yet the number of trail miles available for horse riders in the Louisville Metro area is so miniscule that's it's shameful.
The original plan for the Louisville Loop included many miles of soft surface horse trails that linked many of the parks. However, with much of the Louisville Loop completed, there are currently ZERO miles of horse trails. We were recently informed at a meeting with the Metro Parks Board that cyclists had successfully lobbied to have the horse trails converted to bike trails, despite the fact they have a right to ride on the roads.
This decision was made without consulting the horse riding community and giving us an opportunity to speak up. What we thought was a solid plan for horse trails, slipped away, without our knowledge. As planning for one of the last phases of the Louisville Loop is being done, we horse riders are unifying to insist that the horse trails planned on this part of the Louisville Loop become a reality and are not taken away from us!
Help us ensure that horse trails are included in the Medora/JMF corridor of the Louisville Loop. We must make sure that in then next few years, decades, and generations, there are horse trails for us, our children and our grandchildren to ride. We must protect these resources for future generations!
We the undersigned, call on the Louisville Metro Parks Board, the Louisville Mayor, and the Kentucky Governor, to commit to including horse trails in the development of the Medora/Jefferson Memorial Forest corridor of the Louisville Loop.
These trails should, at a minimum, extend from Blevins Gap Rd to the existing horse trails in Jefferson Memorial Forest.
The Horse Trails for the Louisville Loop - Medora/JMF Corridor petition to Louisville Metro Parks Board was written by Shelley Antle and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.