The Vision Of A Generation

I’ve been an avid runner ever since I was forced to love the exercise as a member of the University of Louisville rowing team.

As we trained during the winter and spring, I would run just about anywhere in order to get into peak shape: around UofL’s campus, the entire flight of stairs at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (that one not by choice) and, of course, the scenic loop at Cherokee and Seneca Park.

As I’m preparing for the upcoming mini-marathon, however, this fickle weather has left me dreading the sport as I pound the monotonous track of a treadmill, anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring.

That anticipation was heightened even more last week, though, after viewing the “The Vision of a Generation: Photographs from The Parklands of Floyds Fork” exhibit presented by 21st Century Parks and The Green Building.

In case you haven’t heard, The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a new 4,000-acre park system combining Beckley Creek Park, Pope Lick Park, Turkey Run Park and Broad Run Park by a park drive, urban trail system and a 22-mile water trail, all tracing the Kentucky stream, Floyds Fork.

The Parklands isn’t expected to be complete until 2014, but while we wait for the grand opening, three photographers chose to offer a snapshot of the project in progress.

In 2007, the idea to create the photo gallery occurred when Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Parks, Dan Jones, met with Ted Wathen and John Nation for a tour of The Parklands.

Witnessing the magnificent scenery, Wathen then proposed to document the landscape during and after construction, and soon fellow Louisville-based photographer, Bob Hower, joined in on the action.

Now, thirty-six photographs from a collection of more than 2,000 shots taken over the last four years can be seen inside The Green Building, 732 E. Market St.

There you’ll find breathtaking views of the flora and fauna found throughout the park.

As I walked through the gallery, I kept wishing away these unpredictable last few weeks of winter so I could head back outside and begin training for the mini inside the park.

Running the trails isn’t all there is to look forward to, though. Canoeing, paddling, playgrounds, fishing and soccer are among a variety of features coming to the park system. Even better, a portion of the project is already open for exploring, which I’ll definitely be doing as soon as some 70 degree weather returns regularly.

To capture a glimpse of The Parklands, head to the gallery exhibit before its closing on Friday, April 27. For more information, visit

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Courtesy Photos


The Green Building
732 E. Market St.


The Green Building is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Event

A gallery talk with photographers Bob Hower, John Nation and Ted Wathen will be held at The Green Building from 7 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 22. The event is free but reservations are required. For information or reservations, call 502.584.0350.