District 12 eNewsletter - August 3, 2022

District 12
CM Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Heather Blazis
Legislative Assistant
(502) 574-1112
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Please join members of the Metro Council Women's Caucus to support Dress for Success Louisville on August 5. Dress for Success focuses on empowering women by providing them with the tools they need to become economically independent. This includes clothing for interviews and employment, job skills trainings, networking opportunities, and more.

Please consider supporting Dress for Success with your dollars and clothing donations! There will be racks to donate clothes at the event. The event is Friday, August 5, 4:00 - 7:00pm at Noble Funk Brewing at 922 S. Second Street. 






Metro Council recognized recently retired PRP Fire Chief, Doug Recktenwald at the Council meeting on July 28. We thank Chief Recktenwald for his years of service and commitment to our community!


Parks For All will collect new data, listen to new voices, share new information, and create a roadmap for equitable and transparent investment in our public parks. Public parks are powerful tools that strengthen the fabric of communities, positively impact health and the environment, and spur economic growth. Yet, The Trust for Public Land's ParkScore®, which measures park access, investment, amenities, acreage, and equity, ranks Louisville 90th in the nation.

We must do better! The Parks Alliance of Louisville partnered with Metro Council and are currently gathering community feedback that will inform an action strategy for our public parks. Our goal is to ensure the parks AND neighborhoods with the greatest need are prioritized for the earliest investment.

Please take the Community Survey: https://www.parksalliancelou.org/parks-for-all

Encuesta en español disponible: https://www.parksalliancelou.org/parks-for-all


Louisville Water’s project to install a new water main in Southwest Jefferson County is progressing, but it is moving along slower than anticipated. Blanton Lane remains closed between Mills Drive and St. Andrews Church Road, while crews work to complete the installation of the new water main. Due to supply chain issues the work has been delayed. They now hope to have their work completed on Blanton Lane in October. Above is a detour map for the closure. A postcard is being mailed to customers informing them of this delay. They greatly appreciate your understanding as they work to complete this important project. 

Report a Litterer!


Get directly involved in making Louisville a more litter-free community through the Report-A-Litterer program aimed at motorists who throw fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, soda bottles or any type of litter out their car window. 

Click here to report.

Click here for more information

FREE Tickets to Louisville Bats Games


The Louisville Bats have graciously offered 300 tickets to each Council office for the residents of those respective districts. The Louisville Bats have decided this year to have individuals/groups from each district to sign up directly with the Louisville Bats. 

After filling out the form in the below link you will be prompted shortly after to create a Louisville Bats account so that you can digitally download your requested tickets.


The three nights are:

  •  Wednesday, August 17
  •  Wednesday, August 31
  •  Wednesday, September 21
  •   All games will begin at 6:35PM

INDIVIDUALS: https://louisvillebats.wufoo.com/forms/z1wop0sk1n20n7t/

ORGANIZATIONS/GROUPS OF 20+ GUESTS: https://forms.gle/ijwiurpEbWUGc9Ld9

For questions, please contact:  Amanda Barr at abarr@batsbaseball.com | 502-614-4512 or

 Samantha Delph at sdelph@batsbaseball.com | 502-614-4531

Mill Creek Greenway Project


Louisville Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas division invites community members from Southwest Louisville to participate in the creation of a conceptual master plan for the Mill Creek Greenway. This exciting project will transform about eight miles of Mill Creek and adjacent publicly-owned land between Sylvania Park in PRP and the power plant south of Valley Station. Thanks to a grant from The Nature Conservancy, landscape architects/planners will work with residents and other stakeholders on a plan to bring this waterway to life. The result will be a roadmap for a new public greenway for outdoor recreation. Given its scope, the project has the potential to be one of the nation’s largest urban stream mitigation efforts.

If you live in Southwest Louisville and would like to get involved, please click here and fill out the interest form found above the resources section. Or visit our table at the District Dialogue on Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00pm at the Southwest Government Center.


The Women’s Cup — the world’s largest club women’s professional soccer tournament — will return to Louisville, Ky., this month with an expanded format featuring six world-class teams playing seven games across a week at host club Racing Louisville FC’s Lynn Family Stadium.

On the heels of visits last year from FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, four different international clubs are set to join the National Women’s Soccer League’s Racing Louisville and OL Reign in the 2022 event. International participants include the FA Women’s Super League’s Tottenham Hotspur (England), Serie A’s AC Milan (Italy), Liga MX Femenil’s Club América (Mexico) and the WE League’s Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza (Japan).

The international clubs open The Women’s Cup with quarterfinals on Sunday, Aug. 14. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the winners will meet Racing and OL Reign in the semifinals, while the two losing teams from Sunday will play against each other for fifth place. The final and third-place matches are set for Saturday, Aug. 20.

Tickets and parking for all three days of the competition are on sale now. Paramount+ will broadcast games domestically with international streaming partners to be announced.

Back to School Events

The Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) is donating $200,000 to purchase school supplies, including backpacks, folders, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and rulers, that will be given out at seven back-to-school events planned for late July and early August by Neighborhood Place and numerous community partners.

The funding was made possible by a special allocation of federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)-CARES funding, which RCS received to expand services and programming for families financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional supplies, funding and other types of support for the family friendly events are being provided by area businesses, churches, schools and individual donors. In addition to the supplies being distributed while supplies last, the events will offer a range of services and resources to help local youth and families be prepared for the start of the school year.

Here is more information about the seven upcoming events, including specific activities, eligibility and other requirements:

Thursday, Aug. 4, Back to School Fest at First Gethsemane Center for Family Development, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
(1159 Algonquin Pkwy. For more information, call Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place at 502/634-6060.)  Open to families with students in kindergarten through high school. Free backpacks with essential grade-appropriate school supplies will be provided while supplies last. CAP referrals completed for families needing clothing and uniform assistance and hair care workshops and door prizes will be offered. JCPS Nutrition Services will provide free lunches for kids.  

Friday, Aug. 5, Back to School Festival at Northwest Neighborhood Place at The Academy at Shawnee, 9 a.m.-noon.
(4018 West Market St. For more information call 502/313-4909.) This annual event is open to families with children in kindergarten through high school. Free backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies will be provided while supplies last. Community vendors will provide essential health, education, and community resources. 

Saturday, Aug 6, 2022, Back to School Festival at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
(1501 Rangeland Rd. Call 502/313-4700 for more information.) This annual event is open to families with children in kindergarten through high school. Free backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies will be provided while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. JCPS Nutrition Services will provide free lunches to kids, and families may complete a CAP referral, for clothing and uniform assistance. A Community Resource Fair will boast over 20 presenters and include diabetes and blood pressure checks, YMCA programs, voter registration, library services and lots of fun and music. 

Get Involved - Join a Board or Commission


If you are interested in volunteering for one of Louisville Metro Government's Boards or Commissions, now is the time to start. By being a part of a board or commission, you will offer your time and your talents to improve the quality of life in our community.

There are approximately 100 boards and commissions with many areas of interest, including business and economic development, land planning, parks and recreation, public health and public safety.

Visit the website to learn more and apply! 



Solar Over Louisville Enrollment Deadline is August 14!

The deadline for signing up for Louisville Metro Government and Louisville Sustainability Council’s Solar Over Louisville program is fast approaching! Signing up before August 14 means –

  • You are expressing interest in exploring solar by having your property pre-screened and receiving a custom remote quote through Solar Over Louisville. (There will be more time to consider the proposal and sign a contract).
  • You secure the opportunity to access a 12-19% discount on going solar through this program.
  • In addition, you will have the opportunity to access the 26% federal tax credit this year, which will likely reduce to 22% in 2023, and might be phased out the following year. 
  • You are joining your neighbors in saving on energy costs, supporting local solar jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and helping Louisville reach it's 100% clean energy goals!

To date, over 1,280 individuals have signed-up for this program, 55 have signed contracts, and installations have already begun. Learn more and sign up for Solar Over Louisville at www.100PercentLou.com/2040

You can also register for the final virtual Solar Over Louisville Workshop scheduled for Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. 



The Office of Resilience and Community Services is hiring for a variety of positions!  Serve your community and make a difference by applying today!  Open positions include:

  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Federal Grants Coordinator
  • Homeless Resource Outreach Specialist
  • Nutrition Center Supervisor (part-time)
  • Systems Support Representative

Visit www.governmentjobs.com/careers/louisvilleky to get started (filter by Department choosing "Community Services").

Pay Raise for Election Officers


The compensation for election officers is now up to $300 for the Nov. 8 election.

Registered voters can sign up here:



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