Projects

12.06.2017
Victory Park–Phase One Complete more >
10.26.2017
Bench Restoration more >
10.26.2017
Celebration of Victory Park Revitalization more >
10.26.2017
Cherokee Park: Bonnycastle Hill Restoration Project more >
08.08.2017
Hard Work Paid Off in Elliott Park more >

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Fred's Facts

Iroquois Park was nicknamed “Louisville’s Yellowstone”. Frederick Law Olmsted’s design took advantage of the rugged terrain and the drama of the mature woodlands and scenic overlooks. At the heart of the park is a 10,000-year-old forest that blankets the knob’s steep hillsides with a great variety of rare plants and animals.

Projects

Trails Rebuilt Using Donated Stone

November 18, 2011

Cherokee park trail 10-2011-20

At almost any time of the day or evening hikers, trail runners, bird watchers, mountain bikers, and others are enjoying the 11.5 miles of trails that crisscross the woodlands of Cherokee and Seneca Parks. What a treasure these trails offer! To keep these trails usable, Olmsted Parks Conservancy relies on volunteers like those with Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KyMBA).

Over the last year, this dedicated group of individuals has clocked over SEVEN HUNDRED hours of trail work in Cherokee and Seneca Parks. Their biggest project yet has been on the steep slope of Cochran Hill, below the Dog Park. This popular trail had eroded and the deep gully made crossing extremely difficult. With help from Major Waltman, Conservancy Project Director, KyMBA rebuilt three sharp switchback turns as well as a large retaining wall, using stones reclaimed from a recently demolished wall at the Speed Art Museum. In total a 4,000 foot section of trail was rebuilt!

Steve Freeman of KyMBA stated, “KyMBA appreciates the opportunity to partner with Olmsted Parks Conservancy towards a common goal of improving the overall trail experience and realizing the full potential of both Cherokee and Seneca Park.”

Olmsted Parks Conservancy could not have done this work without KyMBA’s dedicated volunteer efforts. Thank you, KyMBA!