Save Otter Creek Park – The Friends of Otter Creek Park Blog

Have You Contacted Your Council Member Yet? by stateofthecommonwealth
December 17, 2008, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Events, Louisville Metro Council, Media, Meetings

One of the many ways you can ensure that Otter Creek Park has a future open to the citizens of Louisville Metro and the surrounding areas is by contacting members of the Louisville Metro Council. In fact, there is a special Metro Council meeting on the proposed budget cuts this afternoon (here’s the agenda) at 4 PM, so it’s not as if the Mayor’s budget cuts are far from settled. If you’re a Louisville citizen concerned about the closing of Otter Creek Park and haven’t yet written or called your council member, we thought we’d post an example of the letter we sent our Councilman, Tom Owen of the 8th District:

Dear Councilman Owen,

Firstly, I want to thank you for your years of service to Louisville and the Highlands neighborhood in which I live. Many of our neighborhood’s residents have benefited by having such a thoughtful and conscientious voice on both the Louisville Board of Alderman pre-merger, and now on the Louisville Metro Council.

However I am writing to you (for the first time, as your constituent) about the closing of Otter Creek Park on January 1, 2009. The closing of this park, as ordered in the budget cuts proposed by Mayor Jerry Abramson, will not only disappoint a large number of residents from Louisville and the surrounding counties, it will deprive the city of one of its most unique features and gifts. Otter Creek Park, deeded to Louisville by the federal government in 1947, is one of the premier natural resources the city possesses, and the inability or unwillingness on the part of Mayor Abramson to find a financially responsible way to keep the park open is, quite honestly, shameful.

Therefore, I would like to ask you to join in the recently-publicized effort by some members of the Louisville Metro Council to consolidate Neighborhood Development Funds in an effort to stave off the proposed closing of Otter Creek Park. While I have not read or heard anything in recent news reports about your involvement or support of their efforts to use NDFs, I strongly urge you to consider it. Additionally, I would like to urge you – as well as the rest of the Metro Council – to fully investigate ways to make Louisville’s budget process more transparent to the public. After all, revenue from the taxes the public pays is a major portion of the city budget.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Feel free to use this as a template for writing your own letter or email. And again, here is the contact information for Louisville Metro Council:

Metro Council
601 W. Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1100
Address postal mail to individual Councilmember. – This site links to individual Councilmembers.


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