A concrete half pipe in Breslin Park at Payne Street and Lexington Road has been removed and its grassy berm regraded into a flat patch of dirt and gravel. A tipster sent in these photos this week showing what has become of Louisville’s first skate park.
Irish Hill’s half pipe had been walled off by a tall chain link fence for some time since the new skate park opened on Witherspoon and Clay Street in Butchertown. It’s unclear what will become of the area, but it looks like it will eventually contain a new playground sometime in the future.
Our tipster reports a reference to the playground in the mayor’s 2010 budget and the Breslin Park master plan created in March 2001 shows a playground on this exact spot along with an entry pavilion on the corner and revamped walking paths.
Since the plan was created, however, the Breslin Park pool has become a controversial issue and the city had proposed shuttering the pool in favor of a spray park to save on operating costs. In 2008, surveys were distributed to the neighborhood to help guide a new master plan. I’m not sure where that stands today. Anyone know more details?