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“A man’s eyes cannot be as much occupied as they are in large cities by artificial things …without a harmful effect on his entire constitutional organization… Landscape was able to refresh and delight the eye and through the eye, the mind and the spirit.” -- Frederick Law Olmsted


News: Wear Your Olmsted Park Pride!

October 17, 2016

Wear your Olmsted Park Pride for all to see. Donate $50 or more and receive an Olmsted Park Pride t-shirt! You will help us plant more trees, clear trails, restore pavilions, eliminate invasive plants, repair restrooms, control erosion and more!

News: Mimi announces her retirement.

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October 05, 2016

After nearly 10 years as President, Mimi Zinniel has announced her plans to retire. Mimi has been at the helm of the Conservancy and responsible for tremendous growth over those years. “Through Mimi’s leadership, and with the dedicated efforts of an extraordinary staff, much has been accomplished,” said Earl Jones, Board of Trustees chairman. “We more >

News: Monarch Waystations in Olmsted Parks

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October 03, 2016

Great news! To continue work to enhance the Olmsted Parks, while helping save the Monarch Butterfly population, we have planned for another waystation to be installed in Iroquois Park. The waystation will add to the beauty of the Iroquois Summit Field area while providing food, shelter and breeding grounds for the butterflies. The plan calls for the Conservancy more >

News: Iroquois Park North Overlook is Open!

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September 14, 2016


September 14, 2016 It was a beautiful day to celebrate the opening of the North Overlook at Iroquois Park. This incredible project came together because of an immense love for our community and its beautiful parks! We are proud that our Mayor, Metro Council and many donors of Olmsted Parks Conservancy were committed to providing the more >

News: Opportunity for Healthy Change

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August 24, 2016

Our goggle-wearing “mad scientists” are tending small plots of land in Cherokee Park.  This part of the exciting two-year organic herbicide research study in partnership with the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil. The first organic herbicide tested is derived from geraniums, and the second type is a combination of clove and cinnamon oils. Our more >

News: Iroquois Park Switchback Trail – CLOSED

August 18, 2016

Explore Iroquois Park! The Switchback Trail is permanently closed due to severe erosion.  Please protect and respect your Park by not attempting to use the Switchback Trail.  THANK YOU!!! Recommended alternate walking routes to the summit include: Sullivan Grove Trail (OPEN) Olmsted Woodland Trail (OPEN) Corbly Path (Currently CLOSED for rehabilitation but will re-open fall more >

News: Bridges of Cherokee Park RENOVATION

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August 18, 2016

The Bridges of Cherokee Park The bridges of Cherokee Park are part of what makes this Olmsted-designed park so beautiful. The ten limestone bridges have been well used and loved over the last 100 years, but it’s evident, after a complete study, that time has taken its toll. In partnership with KYTC, Olmsted Parks Conservancy more >

News: How to Remove Invasive Species from Your Yard!

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August 11, 2016

Our Team for Healthy Parks employees are experts when it comes to the best practices for removing vines and invasive species from the Olmsted Parks that damage our precious trees. They have created some “How To” videos so you, too, can tackle these unwanted plants in your own back yard!


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July 29, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the winner of this year’s Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest t-shirt design contest! Zack Selter’s impressive design is on this year’s t-shirts that are available in both short-sleeve and long-sleeve options.  Where can I get one? You can get your t-shirt at the BBQ & Hops event on Friday more >


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July 26, 2016

Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Metro Parks & Recreation have approved a Master Plan to revitalize Victory Park with implementation of the first phase beginning in late September. Plans for the first phase include relocating the basketball court to the northwest side of the park to create a larger open area for activities in the center more >