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June 30, 2020 44 min

Parks! Outdoors! Quality of place!  A community is often defined by the quality of its public spaces, and Scott Martin chats about how Louisville can become an even greater, healthier, and more equitable community by working on our park systems. Here are more show notes:
 Book recommendation: The Nature Fix by Florence Williams http://www.florencewilliams.com/the-nature-fix 

www.riverheritageconservancy.org (also on social media)

Scott's Recommendations for local things to do/see

Hays Kennedy Park (one of our park named for a prominent African-American leaders – a great story by itself that is undertold).   Add the Garvin Brown Preserve next door and it is a wonderful waterfront complex.  https://louisvilleky.gov/government/parks/park-list/hays-kennedy-park

Mammoth Cave Cedar Sink Trail (great day trip for families).  To see the spot where entire creeks vanish underground and how the caves shape the land above them is like stepping into a landscape crafted for Narnia or Lord of the Rings. https://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/trails.htm

Big South Fork Recreation Area (off the beaten path, but a massive memory maker of a uniquely Appalachian landscape and zone that makes you feel worlds away from Louisville) https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm

And O’Bannon State Park – just a fascinating state park with an ecology that seems like a piece of the Smokies that snuck away and hid in Southern Indiana.  The perfect day trip for Louisville folks that want to get off the grid.  I just learned about this site a few years ago and I find it more and more interesting each time I visit.  The blue river is right there, too.  Great paddling when everything else in the area dries up.  https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2976.htm

And in the podcast we talk about the Knobstone Trail, and here is some info about that https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4224.htm

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