Louisville Independent Business Alliance Survey

posted Nov 20, 2019, 3:40 PM by Bob Atkin   [ updated Nov 20, 2019, 3:46 PM ]

Thanks to the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, we are asking you what types of businesses and which specific local businesses you want to locate in the Highlands.  Please take a short survey! 


posted Jul 18, 2017, 11:34 AM by Unknown user

1722 and 1733 Bardstown Road
Saturday, September 9, 2017
3:00 to 5:00 pm
A Compassionate Louisville Event

 Bubble Bug
 Fire Truck
 Cotton Candy
 Snow Cones
 Inflatable Jumper
 Corn Hole Toss
 Cake Walk
 Face painting
 Crafts
 Magician

Pony Rides 3:00 to 4:30 pm

 Food
 Live Music

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, 451-8305, 
Deer Park Baptist Church, 451-7220,
Deer Park Neighborhood Association,

Second Annual Deer Park Neighborhood Community Yard Sale (6/3)

posted May 16, 2017, 9:52 AM by Unknown user

Hey everyone! If you are planning to participate in the Deer Park Community Yard Sale on June 3rd, please feel free to send us your address. We're planning to share a list of locations throughout the community in the days leading up to the event. Thanks!

Social Media News

posted Oct 21, 2016, 6:24 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 8:29 AM ]

Although this page is updated periodically, you can find the most recent news about Deer Park through the social media pages below. 



Learn more about the MSD Critical Repair & Reinvestment Plan and how to provide input on the timing of new projects: 

Direct link to provide feedback: 


2015 09 30 : Neighborhood Plan

posted Oct 5, 2015, 6:47 AM by Unknown user

After many years and a few false starts Deer Park has begun the process of creating its Neighborhood Plan. Members of the Deer Park Neighborhood Plan Advisory Group worked with Louisville Metro officials to choose a professional planning consultant to shepherd us through this process. EHI Consultants of Lexington, KY were awarded the contract, and the six month long process should start in late August – early September. As we move along updates and progress reports will be posted on the Deer Park Neighborhood Association Facebook and web pages. As  a resident and/or business owner in Deer Park, your input is vital to the success of this endeavor , and we look forward to hearing from you in the very near future!


Some Questions You May Have About Neighborhood Plans


What is a neighborhood plan?

A neighborhood plan is a guide for making future decisions about how Louisville Metro should allocate resources in Deer Park, what kinds of development activity is appropriate, and what issues Deer Park residents and property owners are concerned about.  It’s a statement of what the neighborhood wants to achieve and become, as well as a roadmap to reach those destinations.  Once completed, the Plan will be voted on by the full Metro Council and then become part of the Metro’s comprehensive development plan, Cornerstone 2020, in effect codifying this plan as the will and sense of the people of Deer Park.


What will a neighborhood plan do?

The neighborhood plan will identify and document the physical, social, and economic trends and conditions present in Deer Park, and will express a shared vision for the neighborhood’s future, developed through a public engagement process.  The plan will also identify goals and strategies that communicate the neighborhood’s intended direction to residents, decision-makers, service providers, and business leaders.


Will a neighborhood plan tell me or my neighbors what to do, or what not to do?

A carefully crafted plan will express the neighborhood’s goals, preferences, and priorities, but will leave flexibility to accommodate real world situations.  The plan is a policy document, not a regulatory one.  Louisville Metro’s zoning and other existing ordinances, combined with the full range of public services and resources form the mechanism for implementing the plan.


What if I disagree with what the plan says?

All stakeholders are urged to express their opinions throughout the planning process.  The more input received, the more accurately the plan can reflect the viewpoints of all affected parties.  Even if the final plan document is at odds with your personal vision, there may be opportunities to influence implementation of the plan, in ways that will be compatible with your preferences.


What will it take to develop a neighborhood plan for Deer Park?

Developing a successful neighborhood plan will take about 6 months and will require the engagement of many residents, property owners, and other stakeholders—including you.  The work of developing the plan will be conducted through a series of meetings, as well as the ongoing efforts of Louisville Metro and the consultant's staff to keep the process moving.  But this is only the beginning.  As the planning process unfolds, stakeholders will have opportunities to build partnerships and accumulate the social capital that can enable the neighborhood collectively to solve common problems.  Ultimately, the more responsibility residents and properties owners invest in developing the plan, the greater the benefits to the neighborhood will be.


Will a neighborhood plan solve our problems?

A neighborhood plan is a tool that the neighborhood and Louisville Metro administration can use to help improve conditions in Deer Park, but the real solutions are to be found in the level of dedication that you and your neighbors put into each other and the plan development and implementation processes.  Identifying, strengthening, and utilizing Deer Park’s existing assets and becoming effective at drawing on other resources will also be crucial parts of shaping the neighborhood’s future to benefit its residents and property owners.  The planning process and the resulting neighborhood plan can provide the structure and catalyst Deer Park needs to attain this future.


What if I don’t own property in Deer Park, just rent?

Anyone who has an interest in the future of the Deer Park neighborhood is a legitimate stakeholder in the planning process—your participation is important!


2015 06 06 : First Annual Deer Park Community Yard Sale

posted May 19, 2015, 6:03 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 31, 2015, 12:43 PM by Unknown user ]

We invite you to try something Deer Park hasn't done or hasn't done in quite awhile. That is, participate in a COMMUNITY YARD SALE - in the comfort of your own yard.

A pull for enticing "yard sailors" is their chance to "cruise" numerous yard sales in search of items they just can't live without. To this end, an ad inviting folks to visit the Deer Park Neighborhood for multiple yard sales, will be run in the Courier-Journal and LEO Magazine, and a sign will be placed at Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway.

YOU are needed for this to happen!

Plan ahead for June 6th (8am-12noon). Put your items out in front of your house or apartment, grab your lawn chair and coffee and enjoy the view.

An additional follow-up, rain date will be June 13th (8am-12noon) for anyone who would prefer that date or like to participate in both.

Let's make it work (despite the last minute date change)!

2015 02 15 : Deer Park Canopy Trees

posted Mar 15, 2015, 7:49 AM by Unknown user

The DPNA is planting fifteen canopy trees throughout the neighborhood this winter as a kickoff to our new canopy tree-planting program. Thanks to a grant from MSD’s Urban Reforestation Program, the DPNA is planting tulip poplars, sugar maples, yellow woods, and hop hornbeams in the yards of ten neighborhood homes. Look for yard signs “sprouting up” that announce where these trees have been planted. Participants worked with a tree consultant to decide on appropriate locations and species for their yards. The result is fifteen new trees that could live for at least 50 to 100 years.

The DPNA board and the tree committee hope that this will be the beginning of a long program. The MSD grant is available through 2024, and DPNA plans to take full advantage of available resources to promote the re-treeing of Deer Park’s canopy. Research has shown that adding canopy trees to our neighborhood can provide myriad benefits to residents, including higher property values, lower utility costs, less flooding, lower stress levels, and improved wildlife habitat.

The program’s next planting will be in the fall.  If you are interested in having a tree (or trees) planted in your yard, get in touch with us now at Become a Deer Park Neighborhood tree champion!

2014 11 15 : The DPNA Invites Neighbors to Plant a Tree

posted Mar 15, 2015, 7:46 AM by Unknown user

Have you ever thought about planting a tree in your yard?  Have you noticed how many blocks in our neighborhood have lost large shade trees?

Deer Park Neighborhood Association is joining the ranks of other neighborhoods throughout the city by starting a canopy tree-planting program.  This effort is in response to data from a recent tree canopy survey that shows a severe decline in canopy trees throughout the city.  According to research out of Georgia Tech on urban heat island effect, Louisville is heating up faster compared to its surrounding rural areas than any other metropolitan area.  The Mayor and organizations throughout the city have responded by stepping up efforts to replace dying and storm-damaged canopy trees.  Deer Park N.A. is eager to join that effort.

What is a canopy tree?  Why are they so important?  Canopy trees are those tallest species in a forest.  In our local eastern deciduous forests, this includes oak, maple, hickory, beech, ash, elm, sycamore, tulip poplar, and many others.  Compare the canopy of these trees with those of understory or “ornamental” trees such as dogwood, redbud, crabapple, flowering cherry, pear, etc.  Canopy species are larger, taller, and provide significantly greater canopy area.

Canopy trees provide numerous services or “natural capital” to urban residents.  An obvious benefit is the reduction in air-conditioning costs that shade trees provide to homes.  And did you know that:

            The evaporation from trees can cool neighborhoods as much as six to eight degrees compared to other non-treed neighborhoods

            Trees absorb hundreds of gallons of water each storm event, helping to prevent flooding in basements

            Trees trap and filter particulate matter and other pollutants, improving air quality and significantly reducing health problems from urban smog   

            Crime rates are lower in urban neighborhoods where there are trees

            Homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth up to 15% more

            Homes on streets that are entirely tree-lined are worth up to 25% more

            Businesses on tree-lined streets attract more shoppers 

·        And much, much more!

Windstorms and winter weather in the last ten years have led to the loss of many of our neighborhood’s largest canopy trees.  Local ash trees are under attack by the emerald ash borer, and we anticipate losing many if not most of them in the next few years.  [If you have an ash tree in your yard and have not yet treated it against emerald ash borer, please contact an arborist to find out if this is a good option for you.]  The time is ripe for Deer Park to take advantage of local grants and join the ranks of those protecting and enhancing our city’s tree canopy. 

The neighborhood’s program will work like this:

1.        If you are interested in planting a canopy tree in your yard or in the tree easement in front of your house, contact the tree committee (contact information below).

2.        If you would like more information about the program, come to our informational meeting on Saturday, December 6th, at 10:30 a.m. in the basement of the Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church.  We will answer all of your questions and sign up people who are interested in having a tree.

3.        Participants will work with a knowledgeable professional to help you place your tree in the best spot and choose the right species for your location and needs.  All trees in our program will be native canopy or tall understory species.

4.        DPNA is applying for a grant that will cover most of the cost to purchase and plant the trees. Final details will be presented at the December meeting and in future newsletters.  Participants may be asked to pay a nominal fee of $25 to $50 depending on the tree selected.

5.        Participants will attend a class on how to plant and maintain their tree.

Knowledgeable volunteers will help property owners to plant smaller trees. A professional landscaper will plant the larger trees, with costs covered by the grant.  Size and species may depend on your site, availability, and physical ability of the property owner.

We invite renters who would like a tree in your yard to share this information with your landlord/landlady and encourage them to call the number below or come to the December meeting.

If you are interested in participating in this program or would like to learn more, contact Carolyn Cromer at or 718-5770.   Please join us on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church for an informational meeting and to sign up.

2014 07 26 : NeighborFest is Saturday September 13th.

posted Jul 26, 2014, 7:18 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 26, 2014, 7:23 AM ]

The sixth annual NeighborFest is going to be held on Saturday September 13th, 2014 from 3 PM to 5 PM at 1722 and 1733 Bardstown Road. Don't miss live music, pony rides, food, face painting, and many more activities for the family to enjoy.

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