It’s Back to Origin Park with Scott Martin; Luke Gamble and the Fund for the Sports

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If you like being in the know about exciting new projects around here, you’re going like this spisode. It features a little-known patch of land in Indiana that’s becoming a crown jewel among area parks, and a program designed to put young people on playing fields in a variety of sports.

The 399th episode of the city’s most interesting podcast beings with Scott Martin, who talked with me a few years back as the executive behind the Parklands, the now-completed and enormously successful series of parks in east Louisville. Scott’s moved on to a new project called Origin Park, a stretch of Indiana land between Clarksville and New Albany. I’ve traveled the 7 mile trail on my bike, but you’ll hear about Martin’s plan to expand the area as a community asset.

Luke Gamble likely never thought he’d end up in Louisville. But that was before the tennis professional met Gill Holland, who enticed Gamble with a project here involving youth sports. Gamble, who played collegiately at Princeton, calls it the “Fund for the Arts, for Sports.” The idea is to assist and/or create organizations that give young people an opportunity to play organized ball, or any type. Gamble, who has been ranked among the top doubles players in the world, is also helping coach collegiate teams at Bellarmine and Louisville.

In the new, there has been news in the Mayor’s Race — Bill Dieruf, the mayor of Jeffersontown, announced his intention to run as, thus far, the only Republican in the race. Metro Council president David James, considered a front-runner, dropped out for health reasons. Business executive Craig Greenberg got a boost when former Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith joined his campaign. And there’s plenty of speculation about who else might join the race.

Dieruf will by one of my guests next week for show #400, and you don’t want to miss it. Also, the big 400th episode celebration is planned for June 30 in St. Matthews. Save the date and join us. We get support from Home Cuisine, Hectare’s CBD and eXp Realty. Thanks for listening.

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