Construction set to begin on $1.1 million Tyler Park restoration

A rendering of the first phase of the Tyler Park renovation. | Courtesy Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Tyler Park is about to get a facelift to the tune of $1.1 million. The 13-acre, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, which was established in 1910, will get a number of restorations to go with new features, thanks to a plan to refurbish the parks historic features while adding modern amenities.

The plan was conceived last summer by Olmsted Parks Conservancy, along with Louisville Parks and Recreation and the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association.

Upgrades in the first phase of the plan include constructing a new restroom building; adding new picnic tables and benches as well as a natural-area playground; adding parking and moving and modernizing the existing playground and sprayground. A rendering of the plans also shows a new pavilion.

Future improvements will include repurposing the four tennis courts to two tennis courts plus a basketball court and two pickleball courts; adding more picnic tables and benches; installing a rain garden and infiltration basin and upgrading the existing walking paths.

The renovation is being funded in part primarily by donated funds, according to an announcement.

“The Tyler Park Neighborhood Association is thrilled that renovations are beginning on our beloved, historic park,” Kristen Millwood, President of the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association, said in the release. “These renovations will help keep our park a vibrant space for generations to come with some much-needed updates that respect the unique character of Tyler Park.” —Kevin Gibson

Pet supplies retailer Chewy.com to open new offices in Louisville

Chewy.com, the online pet supplies retailer, will add 300 jobs in southeast Louisville in creating a pharmacy customer service center in an 88,000-square-foot office space.

The announcement came from Mayor Greg Fischer’s office.

This expansion is a $7.2 million investment that will create jobs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, averaging about $35 per hour. Chewy.com worked with Louisville Forward for permitting, while the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority last year preliminarily approved $1.25 million in tax incentives for the business.

The pharmacy center will be located at 3621 Fern Valley Road.

“Chewy.com is bringing 300 new high-tech, high-wage jobs to our city, adding to the tremendous economic momentum we are experiencing,” Fischer said in the announcement. “Since 2014, the city has welcomed economic development projects totaling more than $14 billion in investments.”

Chewy.com is a one-stop retailer that sells everything from toys and treats to pet medications and supplies. Owned by PetSmart, the company employs roughly 10,000 people in the U.S. —Kevin Gibson

CBRE: Louisville is the hottest hotel market in U.S.

Expect more hotel development — Louisville is the fastest-growing hotel market in the U.S. | Courtesy of CBRE Research

Louisville is the fastest-growing hotel market in the U.S., according to a new report.

CRBE Research reported that Louisville had the largest year-over-year hotel demand increase in the first quarter of 2019 at 11.4 percent. Demand nationally saw just 2.4 percent growth, which was slightly less last year’s numbers.

The report looked at 60 major markets, including hotspots like Nashville, Austin and Raleigh-Durham and major markets such as New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Denver.

In fact, the market for hotel rooms easily outpaced the 1,000 or so added to the downtown area last year with anchors like Omni Hotel, AC Nulu and others, the report showed.

In a news release, Doug Bennett, senior vice president of convention development for Louisville Tourism, noted that the growth is even more remarkable given the fact that in Cvent’s Top 50 meeting destinations last year, Louisville ranked 39th.

“We are seeing tangible results from the tourism industry’s hard work over the last decade to familiarize convention and meeting planners with Louisville, as well as strategizing and pivoting our focus to leisure markets,” Karen Williams, president and CEO of Louisville Tourism, added in the release.

“Positive news like this reinforces the work we are doing to attract additional hotel developers, along with growing our airlift routes,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in the release. “Louisville is a rising star and we are looking to keep this momentum going.” —Kevin Gibson

Norton enters rehab joint venture

Norton Healthcare has entered into a rehabilitation-focused joint venture with a subsidiary of Select Medical Holdings Corp, 0ne of the nation’s largest post-acute care providers.

Norton is contributing three regional rehab centers to the venture while the subsidiary, Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team, is adding 29.

Norton told Insider via email that the nonprofit hopes its alliance with the publicly traded Select Medical Holdings will enable Norton “to provide patients with a more seamless recovery following surgery and other issues that require follow-up therapy.” Select Medical treats about 60,000 patients daily.

Norton also said that the venture should broaden the services that patients can access.

The companies did not disclose financial details of the arrangement. Whether the services are covered by insurance depends on the patients’ coverage.

Norton Healthcare, a nonprofit health care system that includes five Louisville hospitals, provides care at more than 250 locations in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team has 63 locations in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Its parent company, Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based Select Medical, operates 92 critical illness hospitals and 27 rehab hospitals. It generated first-quarter income of nearly $41 million on revenue of $1.3 billion. —Boris Ladwig

Keeping babies safe video debuts at Baptist Health

Liz Renner and son Colton appear in a new video by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky | Screenshot

A video to educate new parents about safe sleep practices and the dangers of abusive head trauma in children was unveiled Monday at Baptist Health Louisville.

The video by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky offers advice on how to create a safe sleep environment for babies and reduce their risk of being abused. Funded by WellCare Health Plans, it will be distributed to hospitals around the state and be viewed by more than 50,000 new parents each year.

“The video we’re unveiling today is not really an instruction book for all of life’s challenges, but it does address two very important issues for the first few months of parenthood,” said WellCare of Kentucky’s Chief Operating Officer Ben Orris. “… We know that when it comes to pediatric abusive head trauma and safe sleep practices, awareness is prevention.”

The video offers tips on how to choose and try out caregivers and ways to calm down or remove yourself from the room when frustrated by a crying baby.

“It is OK to ask for help. It is OK to say, ‘I need a break,’” said Liz Renner, whose 3-1/2-year-old son, Colton, was injured by a caregiver while outside her care. “… I just wish somebody had been open and honest with me.”

Colton, who is developmentally delayed as a result of being injured as an infant, appears in the video along with his mother and various medical experts.

“I want people to know that abusive head trauma only takes a second,” Renner said. “I want people to know that it can happen to anybody and everybody.”

The abuse often is cyclical in Kentucky and families may not have the support that’s needed during risky times like when a parent is sleep deprived, said State Treasurer Allison Ball, who was on hand with fellow new mom Alison Lundergan Grimes to promote the video.

“One in every four days a baby dies because of an unsafe sleep practice in Kentucky,” but taking proper precautions can help to “make sure that does not happen,” Ball said.

Viewers will be able to learn the ABCDs of safe sleep, including keeping cribs uncluttered and placing babies on their backs to sleep.

“Every Kentucky kid that is out there, we have a responsibility to each of them to make sure that they are protected and are in a safe environment,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state. —Darla Carter

Gibbs Rounsavall chosen as Galt House’s first Artist-in-Residence

Gibbs Rounsavall | Courtesy

Gibbs Rounsavall, a Louisville-based abstract painter, has been selected as the Galt House’s first Artist-in-Residence. The call for artists went out last fall, and a selection committee, made up of 12 members of Louisville’s arts community, reviewed the entries.

Rounsavall will receive a working studio inside the Galt House that is open to the public. He also will get a monthly stipend and a food and beverage credit within the hotel.

He will serve as the Artist-in-Residence until February of 2020.

“Gibbs Rounsavall embodies all of the qualities of this program,” said Michelle McCarragher, Artist-in-Residence program manager, in a news release. “He is a force of energy in the local art community. His work is visionary. He is simply a pleasure to work with, and we are delighted to host him at the Galt House Hotel.”

Rounsavall will host a “Meet the Artist” reception during the next First Friday Hop on June 7 from 5-7 p.m. —Sara Havens