This project initially focuses on a HOPE VI revitalization project with the goal of expanding active living strategies to future development in Metro-Louisville. Planning and program efforts are implemented through ACTIVE Louisville, a broad collation of community partners led by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA).
LMHA is a recent recipient of a HOPE VI revitalization grant for the demolition and redevelopment of the Clarksdale public housing site. Renamed Liberty Green, the future community and related development activities in adjacent areas will incorporate design elements that promote active living.
The partnership is also working with residents, law enforcement, and other organizations to help increase personal safety through streetscape improvements in the Hancock Street corridor, regular police patrols, and citizen involvement.
Active Louisville has assessed barriers to physical activity and developed exercise programming, including dance, hip-hop aerobics; they have also implemented a bicycle recycling instructional program for youth of the three neigborhoods. The partnership is working with city departments and schools to develop a community garden with programming that teaches youth how to grow healthy foods at a neighborhood school within the project area.
This project can serve as an example for others who wish to incorporate active living designs into urban, economically distressed neighborhoods. This organization was one of 25 demonstration projects selected by Active Living by Design, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
To increase physical activity in three urban neighborhoods adjacent to downtown through programs, promotions, and community redevelopment.