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Frederick Law Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design.


News: Into The Woods Fundraiser with Derby Dinner Playhouse

February 04, 2016


Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Derby Dinner Playhouse will hold a joint fundraising opportunity. Enjoy a night of Broadway entertainment with INTO THE WOODS while raising money for Olmsted’s treasured parks! Derby Dinner Playhouse will donate $2 per single ticket purchase for INTO THE WOODS from February 9 thru March 13, to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. more >

News: Meet our Team for Healthy Parks

February 04, 2016


Our Team for Healthy Parks, also known as “the crew” carries out integral projects year-round, across all Olmsted Parks and Parkways. This small, but mighty team of biological technicians (that’s their formal title!), make significant contributions towards keeping Louisville’s Olmsted Parks extraordinary! If you see the Conservancy’s big white box truck (called the “Nut Truck”) more >

News: Welcome to our new Trustees!

February 04, 2016

Olmsted Parks Conservancy is thrilled to welcome eight new members to the Board of Trustees! The new Trustees are enthusiastic, committed, and bring a wealth of wisdom and expertise as we work together to keep our Olmsted Parks and Parkways extraordinary.  


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January 28, 2016


The North Overlook project has progressed well and has an anticipated completion for early spring. Recently, the asphalt has been laid for the Overlook trail and the Sullivan Grove parking lot and the stone curbs are almost complete. The formation of the rustic stone seat wall in the Overlook area has started. It won’t be more >


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January 28, 2016

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Now that the Master Plan is approved ground will be broken this summer to start work to enhancing the park. The first project will be the relocation of the basketball court to the northeast corner of the park to allow for a larger open area making room for more activities. These upgrades to the park more >


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January 28, 2016

UPS 9.26.13 Seneca Volunteers Invasive Plant Removal (4)

Thanks to a $100,000 grant Olmsted Parks Conservancy will be investigating alternatives to the synthetic herbicides used to remove invasive plant species. Over the next two years the investigation will offer a more natural way to fight back against invasive plant species and hopefully give us a better option in the future to tackle this more >


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January 28, 2016

Current Restrooms at Boone Square

Boone Square Park will soon have a new restroom building and walkways. Boone Square is one of the first parks Frederick Law Olmsted designed in Louisville. The Conservancy is designing the new restrooms to match the values of Fredrick Law Olmsted and blend the building in with the landscape. Metro Parks and Recreation and the more >

News: MSD is planning a project in Shawnee Park

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November 20, 2015

MSD is planning a project in Shawnee Park and we need your input. Olmsted Parks Conservancy needs your help to protect Shawnee Park, one of the flagship Olmsted-designed parks in Louisville. We encourage you to read on and participate in the survey linked below. The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has selected Shawnee Park as a more >

News: Our Volunteers are Awesome!

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November 12, 2015

                  Thank you to the volunteers who donated their time in an Olmsted Park, in our office, or at an event this year! You have truly made a difference: 1100 volunteers donated 5000 hours! 1700 hours donated by Park Stewards and Junior Park Stewards volunteers! 46 groups volunteered over more >

News: Construction on Iroquois North Overlook Begins

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September 04, 2015


The long-awaited improvements to Iroquois Park’s scenic North Overlook are on the way, as EZ Construction, Inc. has begun construction at the site. EZ Construction staff began installing a chain-link fence across the road at the top of the hill leading to the overlook today. Erosion controls and tree protection fencing will be installed throughout the project more >