Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore announced at a neighborhood meeting earlier this week that the City will transform 14 acres at the corner of Charlestown Pike and Woehrle Road into a park that will also have a retention pond to help alleviate area storm water drainage problems.
“This a win-win for everyone. We’re taking a big step to help alleviate flooding in this area that has plagued residents for decades. But we’re also offering people a new and beautiful park setting,” said Moore. “It’s part of our larger and on-going commitment to improving the quality of life with more parks and recreational opportunities.”
The park will be named, Shirley’s Arbor, in honor of the land’s former owners, John and Shirley Woehrle. It will consist of a nearly ½ mile paved walking trail that will meander through 125 trees. Along the 8 foot-wide trail will be five exercise stations.
At least six nearby subdivisions experience flooding during heavy rain. Among those are Golfview, Northaven, Buttonwood, Courtyards of Buttonwood, Mallard Run and Foxboro.
“Prior administrations have talked about fixing the problem. We’re doing something to finally help deal with the flooding for many of these residents by moving ahead with this project,” said Moore.
The park should be completed next year. Other amenities will include a signature entrance with a flag pole and park benches.
“I’m excited about what this does for the area. With Shirley’s Arbor we are offering a new park for residents to enjoy right in their backyard,” said Moore.