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As the focal point of so many of the city’s community celebrations, Cowley Park is arguably the most well known of Prospect parks. Named for former Prospect Mayor Don Cowley, the park sits at the confluence of Hunting Creek Drive, Deep Creek Drive, and Westover Drive in the Hunting Creek neighborhood.
Highlighted by its traditional gazebo, the two-acre park offers a gentle rest stop for walkers and joggers as well as ample room for family events. The gazebo can even be reserved by stopping by City Hall and obtaining a free park usage permit. From the city’s Fourth of July spectacular to the ever popular Pun’kin Paintin’ event for kids, Cowley Park hosts well over two thousand people a year!
Nestled deep in the Hunting Creek subdivision, Harrods Creek Park is one of Prospect’s hidden treasures. A wooded area stretching roughly two plus miles, the park winds its way along some of the more tranquil areas of Harrods Creek. A stroll through this tucked away part of Prospect lends much insight into the diversity of the city’s wildlife and varied eco-system. A quiet walk can reveal anything from wild turkey to white-tailed deer. From towering hardwood stands to thickets of Kentucky cane, the Harrods Creek Park offers hiking ranging from easy to moderate.
Public access and parking are located on Montero Drive at the trailhead, which is one block from the intersection of Montero and Deep Creek. The trails are well marked and easy to follow. The upper trail ends at a gentle bend in Harrods Creek, a focal point that is usually bustling with wildlife.
One has to wonder if, back in the 1930s when Meade Babcock purchased the land now known as Putney Pond and Woodlands, he could have had any inkling that it would one day become the shinning jewel of Prospect’s parks. He used the property for hunting and fishing until the 1950s, when Betty and Moseley Putney bought the property and moved into the log cabin which stood there. Their son, Moseley Putney, was in military training to be a pilot when his plane crashed and he died. The senior Putneys dedicated the pond to their son and named it Putney’s Pond. Today the 25-acre tract, which was purchased by the city of Prospect in 2008 with the help of a grant from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, stands as a shining example of Prospect’s desire to stay green.
From the woodland trails, which boast the State Champion Kentucky Coffee Tree, to the pond and surrounding wetlands, the park is truly one of Prospect’s treasures.
Located between Prospect City Hall and Fox Harbor Road, Little Hunting Creek Park draws its name from the meandering stream that winds its way through the middle of the park. In early spring the banks of the creek bound to life to welcome the change of seasons with the hundreds of daffodil blooms planted ages ago by the residents of Fox Harbor. At just over 3 acres, Little Hunting Creek Park offers plenty of space for family gatherings, neighborhood get-togethers, or just a quiet shady spot and a cool breeze to watch the creek roll by on a summer’s day.
Little Hunting Creek Park is also the location of the Fox Harbor trailhead for the Putney Pond and Woodlands Area. Just shy of an eighth of a mile long, this trail offers a view of the creek and wetlands of Putney Pond. Parking is available at City Hall and in a limited capacity along Fox Harbor Road.