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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

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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 North Overlook is Open!

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August 23, 2016

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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: 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!

News: WE HAVE A WINNER!

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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 >

News: REVITALIZATION OF VICTORY PARK TO BEGIN LATE SUMMER

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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 >

News: Tree Challenge: 200 donors in 2 days

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July 15, 2016

You did it! Your support has not only unlocked a $10,000 challenge grant, but raised an additional $12,500 to help us plant trees in the Olmsted Parks and Parkways.  Your important investment in trees is vital to the health of our citizens, neighborhoods and the entire community. We are grateful for your support and participation in more >

News: Prairies Blossom

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July 13, 2016

Through a USDA Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) grant Olmsted Parks Conservancy converted a total of seven acres in Cherokee and Seneca Parks to colorful prairies. This is an important step as we continue to manage the invasive plants in these parks. The Prairie Project helps prevent growth of Porcelain Berry Vine as well as other invasive plants that might otherwise take root. more >

News: Summertime in Olmsted Parks: Free Activities for Grown-ups and Kids!

June 29, 2016

Movies at Iroquois Park: Grab the kids or plan a date night and head to Iroquois Amphitheater for a free movie! Movies include classics, sci-fi, comedies and more. Doors open at 7:30 pm and shows start at 8:30 pm. 7/11/16, “San Andreas” 7/16/16, “Minions” 7/18/16, “Shaun the Sheep” 7/25/16, “Star Wars-The Force Awakens” 8/13/16, “Spectre” more >