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Projects

News: Bench Restoration

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October 26, 2017

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Olmsted Park Steward John Hayes has been improving the woods in the parks, not by removing invasive plants, but restoring our Olmsted Park benches. John is a retiree and experienced woodworker. To-date, he has restored 14 Olmsted Park benches, donating over 150 hours of hard work. The Conservancy greatly appreciates John’s efforts, which help to more >

News: Celebration of Victory Park Revitalization

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October 26, 2017

Come celebrate the completion of a new walking path and basketball court as part of the revitalization of this Olmsted Park on November 18 at 10:00am! This is a culmination of community input, public partnerships, park planning and project construction. Take a look at the progression here, Dig 1 and Paving 1.

News: Cherokee Park: Bonnycastle Hill Restoration Project

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October 26, 2017

Olmsted Parks Conservancy, in collaboration with Louisville Parks & Recreation, is pleased to announce the start of restoration work in the Bonnycastle Hill Area of Cherokee Park. The popular area of Cherokee Park is named in honor of Mrs. Bonnycastle who donated the land to the city in the late 1800s. The Bonnycastle Hill area more >

News: Hard Work Paid Off in Elliott Park

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August 08, 2017

Over several days, Olmsted Parks Conservancy coordinated 28 volunteers to enhance the much-loved Elliott Park. Projects completed were: Painted exterior of the restroom building 100 cu. ft. of mulch was spread around the playground and swing set 55 trees were mulched New lines painted on the ball court General clean up On July 29, Dreamsetters more >

News: Central Park Restrooms are Updated!

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June 16, 2017

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After several months of planning and construction, the public restrooms in Central Park are finally finished.  The new look includes modern fixtures, sturdy stalls, brand new plumbing, and handsome red floor tiles.  One important note:  the men’s and women’s bathrooms have been switched.  The women’s is now on the north side and the men’s on more >

News: Central Park Restroom Restoration Project Planned

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May 16, 2017

Olmsted Parks Conservancy is happy to announce the antiquated restrooms will be dramatically improved for the many park visitors it sees every day. The restrooms will be gutted and fully restored with new and added fixtures, flooring, doors, and vandal resistant lighting. The location of the men’s and women’s restroom will be flip-flopped so that more >

News: Monarch Butterfly Waystations in Olmsted Parks

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May 08, 2017

Let’s Create a Monarch Butterfly Waystation in Iroquois Park! With a population in rapid decline, the Monarch Butterflies need our help! Your donation in support of the Waystation Project will save the butterfly population while also enhancing the beauty of Iroquois Park. By converting the old, unused hilltop tennis courts into a waystation, we can more >

News: Revitalization of Victory Park begins

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March 31, 2017

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Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Councilman David James, and many park neighbors celebrated the start of the much-anticipated revitalization of Victory Park. After several public meetings with Victory Park neighbors in 2016, Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation finalized a Master Plan that outlined work needed for the park. The first phase of the more >

Projects: Rye, Not Just for Whisky!

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March 15, 2017

Kentuckians may think of rye as an ingredient in whisky, but our Team for Healthy Parks uses a cool season rye seed mix as a woodland cover crop for disturbed areas in the parks. It helps to prevent erosion and displaces invasive species. We get our rye from Roundstone Native Seed Company from Upton, Ky. more >

News: Junior Park Steward starts recycling in Seneca and Cherokee Parks

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January 20, 2017

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Olmsted Parks Conservancy volunteer Lauryn Grady has implemented a recycling program for Seneca and Cherokee Parks. Grady, an Assumption High School student is an advocate for the environment and parks and hopes all park users will participate. The plan, solely proposed by Lauryn , came about because her cross-country practice takes her to Seneca Park more >