Bring your shoes to the Festival

Do you have a pile of old shoes taking up valuable space at your house?  Don’t really know what do to with them?  Turn them into water!

Sound impossible?  It’s not.  With the help of an organization right here in Irish Hill, your old and unwanted shoes can be turned into water. Bring your shoes to the Festival and be part of the transformation.

EDGE Outreach, located at 1500 Arlington Ave at the “edge” of Irish Hill (pun intended), provides affordable clean water in places were the water sources are contaminated and cause illness, spreads disease and leads to death. There are 1.1 BILLION people do not have safe water to drink. EDGE’s system provides a way for clean water using materials that are easy to get on an ongoing basis.  They were instrumental in getting water to survivors and responders of the Haiti Earthquake, and were one of a very select group of organizations selected to help provide ongoing support in Operation Continuing Promise.

The Shoes for Water program has been collecting shoes at various locations around Louisville, including Heine Brothers Coffee, Porter Paints, churches and other businesses.  EDGE takes these shoes and is able to sell them to an exporter that sends some pairs to third-world countries. The funds EDGE receives is used to get water purification systems where clean, healthy water is not available.

Collection bins will be available at the Iris Hill Festival on September 21, 2011.  Representatives from EDGE Outreach will be on hand to show the filter system and answer any questions about what they do.


Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 21,
Baxter Avenue Baptist Church
Sponsored by the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association
Hosted by members of Baxter Avenue Baptist Church

A brief “Annual Meeting” to elect the BOD will be heldduring the Festival.

JOIN your neighbors and friends at the
7th Annual Irish Hill Festival. This year,
Baxter Avenue Baptist Church will be the location.

Laid back, causal atmosphere. Hang out and relax
with folks from around the ‘hood.

ENJOY great music, food and fun while
celebrating our unique neighborhood!

Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share
Hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers and beverages
provided by IHNA and BABC.

Street Dance with Gilda’s Club Louisville

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association continues a great partnership with Gilda’s Club Louisville. They’re having a Street Dance!  Check out all the details:






An old-fashioned street dance for the entire community

Friday, September 16, 2011     5:30 to 8:00pm

On Rogers Street at Baxter Avenue

For every kind of family and folks of all ages

An evening with neighbors and the Gilda community enjoying

  • Music by the string band Decaf Zombies
  • Traditional folk dance lessons offered on the spot
  • Delicious food for purchase by the very hip Food Trucks
  • Including vegetarian/vegan options

Special thanks to our neighbors on Rogers and surrounding streets
Family-friendly, free entertainment!

Gilda’s Club Louisville is a cancer support community unlike any other—providing support for the whole family the whole time.  We offer support and networking groups, lectures and workshops, and social activities for children, teens, and adults.  To learn more about Gilda’s Club Louisville and our free programs, please visit

“Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor” could be from Irish Hill

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association is looking for nominations for Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor.  IHNA is a member organization of the Center For Neighborhoods (CFN).  Below is an excerpt from their website describing the program.

If you would like to nominate someone as a Top Neighbor, please send an email to and we will get the nomination form to you. We are also looking for location suggestions within the neighborhood.

Center For Neighborhoods is excited to announce our next public art program,“Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor 

Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor is an inspiring mural project promoting neighborhood leaders who exemplify the “21st Century Neighbor” from all 26 districts. This is an important opportunity to recognize neighborhood leaders who are asking “What’s Next?” and improving the quality of life and the environment within their community. 


A total of 40 portraits will be completed – 20 in Fall 2011 and 20 in Spring 2012. One neighbor will be selected from all 26 Metro Council districts from nominees submitted by the Metro Councilperson and the remaining 14 nominees will come from the CFN Neighborhood Association Members.


During the month of November, portraits of Louisville’s Next Top Neighbors will be completed at the specific locations. Center For Neighborhoods will announce the dates and time at which the artwork will be available for public viewing.


Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor is being funded by a generous gift from Owsley and Christy Brown.


Please feel free to contact Lisa at 502.589.0343 or with any questions or to receive more information.

Nomination Criteria for Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor:

  1. A good steward of their neighborhood and the community who strives to protect and preserve the environment thereby improving the lives of others.
  2. A neighborhood leader who understands the important role of the local community in a global world.
  3. A neighborhood leader who demonstrates their passion for improving their neighborhood by addressing environmental concerns in order to improve the quality of life within their community.
  4. A neighborhood leader who empowers neighbors by being an inspiration for positive change and asks “What’s Next Louisville?”
  5. A neighborhood leader who is engaged with the community to strengthen the neighborhood identity.
  6. A neighborhood leader who celebrates and embraces diversity of culture, thought, and ability by promoting understanding and cooperation Metro-wide.

Green Triangle Launches Website

Irish Hill has long participated in Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s Green Triangle initiative.  This group has looked as ways for District 9 residents and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle more. A website is about to be launched and we encourage you to take a look at the below copied information from a recent newsletter.  

Our most current representative on the Green Triagle committee recently moved and is no longer able to participate. The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association is looking for someone to fill this role.  If you are interested in representing the Irish Hill part of District 9, please send an email to and let us know. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Green Triangle Website Launch Party

green triangle
Join us for the special launch of the Green Triangle Website on Thursday, August 18th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  Interested in out community’s sustainability?  Want to be a part of making our neighborhood more green?  Want to find out what the Green Triangle is?  Come celebrate the launch of our new website,  Get there earlyfor a special tour of the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden and showcase of a new roof and drainage system for the Bike Couriers Bike Shop at 6:00 pm.  The website will be a great new tool to help all of us increase our efforts to make the community more sustainable and teach our progress along the way.  We’ll have snacks, drinks and provide a great time!

Membership Dues due now

Just a friendly reminder — If you want to be a member of the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association and want to vote on the Board or serve on the Board, membership dues need to be mailed/postmarked by June 30, 2011.

Check out our recent blog post for more information about membership, and to get a Membership Form

Breslin Park Makeover continues

Construction continues at Breslin Park.  Irish Hill Neighborhood Association contacted Metro Parks for an update and they provided some pretty nice insights.  If you subscribe to Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s mailing list, you may have seen a similar update, but this is the full letter that was sent to us from our inquiry. Take a look.


We are pleased to provide you and the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association an update on the construction work that is now underway in Breslin Park.

The current project scope includes construction of a sprayground, restroom building, an enlarged open multi-use playing field, reconfiguration of a portion of the playground, open plaza with shade structure, a paved walking path on the north-east side of the park, entry drive improvements with about 13 regular and two handicap parking spaces, and trees.  The current project also includes significant infrastructure improvements including surface and sub-surface drainage improvements, upgraded electric, sewer and water.

Future improvements to be funded include the west side walking path and additional park furnishings.  Fundraising is currently underway to complete these items.

At this time the deep trenching for sewer and water is complete and the rough in plumbing is underway in the restroom building.  Many piles of dirt and fill material have been placed on the west side of the park.  This material will be rough graded next week.  It is part of the fill necessary to re-configure the entire west side of the park to provide a much more aesthetic and functional open green space that can be used for a variety of activities.  Topsoil will be imported to provide a nice uniform lawn/turf area.  There is still a lot of grading work to be done on the east side.  Much of the re-grading is being done to improve drainage and to assure that all paths and paved areas are ada compliant.

The majority of this work will be complete by late September.  Trees will be installed in the dormant season beginning in November.

Please feel free to check back with us in about a month for another progress report.

Jerry Brown

Metro Parks

Assistant Director

We will keep everyone posted.  If you have any questions or comments, you are welcome to leave them comment section, below, or email us privately at info (at) irishhillneighbors (dot) org