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Monthly Archives: April 2011

News: New Name for our Historic Park System

April 27, 2011

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On April 26, we celebrated Frederick Law Olmsted’s 189th Birthday! The weather held for a lovely celebration with cupcakes and frisbees for all who attended. But the highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the new park system name and logo: Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. To promote Frederick Law Olmsted and his vision for urban more >

Projects: Trail and Slope Stabilization in Iroquois Park

April 20, 2011

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An EPA water quality demonstration grant provided the funding for a project to reduce erosion and soil loss from the Historic Corbly Trail in Iroquois Park. Storm water causes erosion which threatens the integrity of the Iroquois Park hills and trails. Techniques have been developed to stabilize eroded slopes and build sustainable trails and preserve more >

Projects: Sunnyhill Pavilion

April 20, 2011

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In order to restore the decaying Sunnyhill Pavilion in Iroquois Park, Olmsted Parks Conservancy received a $197,500 grant from Save America’s Treasures administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service. At the start of the project students from Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy Construction Technology Program served as project managers and more >

Projects: Shawnee Sprayground

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April 20, 2011

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The new playground and sprayground, to be completed in spring 2011, in Shawnee Park is modeled after one that was installed in Iroquois Park three years ago. It is designed so children of all abilities (including those in wheelchairs) may have full and independent use of the equipment. The sprayground’s design features will resemble a more >

Projects: Shared Use Parkway Path

April 20, 2011

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Frederick Law Olmsted Parkways shared-use path system project will create improved pedestrian and bicycle opportunities along approximately ten miles. This great parkway system links the major Frederick Law Olmsted Parks in Louisville as well as the numerous neighborhoods that are traversed. The parkways included in this project are Algonquin, Eastern, Southern and Southwestern. Additionally, the more >

Projects: Riverbank Stabilization in Chickasaw Park

April 20, 2011

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Urbanization of the Ohio River watershed is causing severe riverbank erosion in many areas including Chickasaw Park with erosion quite severe in places. Olmsted Parks Conservancy is developing innovative methods to stabilize the shores and restore the once lovely riverbank in Chickasaw.

Projects: Iroquois Park Woodlands Restoration

April 20, 2011

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With $235,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture secured by Congressman John Yarmuth, invasive plant removal has started at Iroquois Park. For the next two years, the Conservancy staff will be working on removing such unwanted plants as bush honeysuckle, privet and tree of heaven. This will help protect the parks 1,000 acres of chestnut more >

Projects: Iroquois and Willow Pond Projects

April 20, 2011

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Iroquois and Willow Ponds are the focus of an EPA grant received by Olmsted Parks Conservancy with the intent of improving water quality. Pond Creek is the receiving stream for Iroquois Pond and Beargrass Creek is the receiving stream for Willow Pond. Both are on Kentucky’s list of Impaired Waters as non-supporting of aquatic life more >

News: Hike it! Bike it! Walk it! Run it!

April 14, 2011

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“Miles of Smiles” is how one young park user refers to the trails in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. Every year hundreds of people, young and old, use the trails; whether it’s Iroquois, Cherokee or Seneca Park, they enjoy the meandering paths and nature experienced all around. Many volunteers (groups and individuals) also enjoy the more >

News: Fred’s Team: Park Heroes

April 14, 2011

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As a result of the passionate efforts of over 15 members of Fred’s Team, funds are being raised to support the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. These park supporters are training to walk or run the 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon or mini-Marathon, and are each raising much needed money to support the historic parks. Rob Staley, more >