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Although captivated throughout his career by large, rural parks, during his later years Frederick Law Olmsted became intrigued by the social possibilities created by small urban spaces. Small neighborhood parks, playgrounds and squares might provide opportunities for respite from the congestion and noise of urban life.

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News: KET’s Louisville Life Series on Olmsted Parks

February 18, 2015

Louisville Life kicks off a season-long look at the city’s Fredrick Law Olmsted-designed park system. The iconic parks’ history and future are examined, along with the legacy, mission and goals of the Olmsted Conservancy. Watch Now!  

News: How to Grow a Tree

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February 11, 2015

“Planting a tree plants a hope.”~Lucy Larcom      

News: Victory Park Revitalization Project Planned

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January 09, 2015

Olmsted Parks Conservancy is thrilled to announce revitalization for Victory Park!  Major supporters of this effort include: the James Graham Brown Foundation and the PNC Foundation. Funding will allow the Conservancy to work with park neighbors to create a Master Plan for much-needed improvements to park landscape and amenities. Once the design is completed, implementation more >

News: UPS Foundation Awards Grant to Park Steward Program

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January 06, 2015

UPS employees have been volunteering in the Olmsted Parks since 2006. These enthusiastic volunteers have planted trees, removed invasive species, and repaired park structures in Shawnee, Iroquois, Cherokee and Seneca Parks.  The UPS Foundation, with its strong focus on environmental sustainability and volunteerism, has taken their commitment to the Olmsted Parks a step further by more >

News: Donor Highlight: Beth Brown Completes Try-athlon

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January 05, 2015

Beth Brown celebrated her 60th birthday on October 21, 2014 by crossing a “to-do” experience off her bucket list: completing a triathlon. This was not just any triathlon, but one of her own design (quite appropriate for a semi-retired experiential designer and former principal of Rowland Design) in one of the places she loves most more >

News: Going the Extra Mile (Or in This Case Digging the Extra Hole!)

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November 24, 2014

Remove one, replace with two. That’s the attitude Tyler Park Neighborhood Association has when it comes to trees. If one tree has to be removed, then replant two. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the necessary removal of 10 trees in order to protect the structural integrity of the bridge intersecting Tyler Park. Not only more >

News: Our Volunteers are Awesome!

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November 11, 2014

WOW! 800 Volunteers with 51 groups donated over 2500 hours to improving the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks so far this year. Groups as diverse as the US Navy, U of L Medical School and Manual High School track team worked to improve our parks. It takes a village, and we are glad you are part more >

News: Halloween Ball 2014 Picture Perfect!

October 27, 2014

Thank you to the many people that attended the 2014 Boo La La Halloween Ball! Please enjoy looking at the wonderful evening in support of Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s efforts to restore, enhance and forever protect the Olmsted-designed parks in Louisville. Click here to see photos on FlickR.  

News: Shawnee Park Pinetum Planting Complete

September 08, 2014

Thanks to a MSD Urban Reforestation grant awarded to Olmsted Parks Conservancy 57 trees were planted in Shawnee Park. This planting is called a pinetum, a term meaning, “Arboretum of pine trees or other conifers for scientific or ornamental purposes”. This newly planted pinetum in Shawnee Park has 23 varieties of evergreens and was planted more >

News: Seneca Park Entrance Improved

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September 08, 2014

Seneca Park Entrance Improved Thanks to a donation from the Seneca Garden Neighborhood Association the parkland located near the entrance to Seneca Gardens at Pee Wee Reese and Trevilian Way has been restored. This area is part of the Seneca Park circulation plan. Work included mulching a path around some young trees, removing invasive species more >