Louisville Magazine

JUL 2019

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bearnos.com 40 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.19 What better way to chart the seasons than by walking in the woods? Come spring, in Jefferson Memorial Forest along the county's southern border, mayapples and jack-in-the-pulpits bloom along intermittent creeks, and the dogwoods and Kentucky redbuds spark among the brown woods. By summer, orb-weaver spiders string their webs through whatever patches of sunlight fall through the heavily foliated trees: American sycamores, sugar maples, shagbark hickories. In the fall, bright yellow acorns fall from the chestnut oaks and litter the ground. Winter brings animal tracks in the snow. Though one can get a sense of the turn of the seasons in, say, Cherokee Park, there is much to be said for the silence found at the edge of the Jefferson Memorial Forest. Scott's Gap, a 3.3-mile loop that circles Miller Hill through stretches of the wildlands, offers solitude and an opportunity to commune with nature. The trail has some elevation gains to negotiate, but once on the ridges you may spot box turtles foraging among outcrops of chert, or fallen persimmons, which the deer browse. In the ravines, one can spot frogs and foxes, even signs of coyotes. Geodes and other weathered rocks are scattered among creek beds and along hillsides. There are places to sit beside running water, just to listen. — SPH I live in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood, at some remove from Louisville's larger parks. But there is a neighborhood park here that I walk to when I need to get out of the house and see an expanse of sky. Emerson Park is located a block off Burnett Avenue, past the blinking red light near Check's Cafe and Monnik Beer Co. From a swinging bench, I look out over the spire of St. Elizabeth Church and the stretch of well-kept houses along Sylvia Street. Families come and go, bringing their children to the small playground. They learn to ride their bikes on the looping path that circles the gazebo — named for the late Metro Councilman Jim King — where I once saw Julius Caesar performed. Emerson Park is also home to some impressive community gardens, and my daughter and I often walk among the rows of kale, sunflowers and fig trees. While I sit on my swinging bench, I often hear the gardeners working and talking, shoveling mulch and watering their patches. Because the bench faces roughly west, it is a perfect spot to watch the sun set among the cloud formations, while big water birds — a lone heron, or a pair of egrets — row into the distance toward the river. — Sean Patrick Hill MY NEIGHBORHOOD PARK "Driving to the office via beautiful River Road. I love that I live in a small 'big' city and can still work on Broadway." — Leslie Klarer Broecker, Midwest region president for Broadway Across America FOREST BATHING

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