The American Society of Landscape Architects has presented the Floyds Fork Greenway Master Plan a 2009 Honor Award. Nearly 600 entries were considered for awards and the Floyds Fork plan was one of only 49 projects to receive recognition in several categories.
Here’s a little info about the Floyds Fork project:
The Floyds Fork Greenway Master Plan establishes the general design direction for over 3,200 acres of permanently protected park land on the eastern edge of the Louisville, KY. Visionary in its scope and approach to sustainable design, the plan defines a blueprint to increase biodiversity through habitat preservation and enhancement, improve water quality through innovative stormwater management techniques, preserve agricultural land, and measure the regional sustainability costs and benefits of plan proposals implemented over time…
When fully constructed, the Fork will be the largest designed park in the Metro area. Larger than Louisville’s famous Olmsted Park system, The Fork’s 3,200 permanently-preserved acres will shape the quality of life for Metro residents well into the future. The sheer magnitude of The Fork is its greatest asset. In the near-term, the basic framework of community parks, trails, and other amenities will be built, providing access and developing focal points of recreational use designed to the highest standard. Over time, as other partners join the effort, many other features and recreational amenities will be designed into The Fork.
The jury appreciated how the park strives to preserve and protect pristine green space from development: “Beautiful scale. Addresses greenbelt for development protection and connects something that will be meaningful. Now is the time to get this stuff right and here is a great example.” Check out more of the master plan and a few more renderings at the ASLA Floyds Fork page or review the other national winners here. A formal awards ceremony will take place in September.