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Frederick Law Olmsted believed parks would educate and civilize citizens, that they would provide physical and spiritual blessings to people from tenements and sweatships as well as those from expensive mansions. He believed all people would meet and mingle in parks, thus overcoming the barriers of class and wealth. He believed in the power of parks to elevate humankind.

Volunteer Spotlight

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: Volunteers Spring into Action!

April 23, 2014

Olmsted Parks Conservancy would like to thank all the individuals and groups who came out to help during the Mayor’s Week of Service, and in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day 2014! Individual volunteers and groups from University of Louisville, Power Creative, Cherokee Triangle Association, Heine Brothers’, Humana, Louisville Islamic Center, BSA Pack 30, more >

News: Extraordinary Volunteers Recognized

February 13, 2014

1413 individuals and 59 groups volunteered (a total of 6975 hours) in 2013 to keep the Olmsted Parks healthy and beautiful. We are grateful for the generous spirit of each of you who gave your time, talent and energy to your treasured parks. Below are listed some special individuals and groups who went above and more >

News: MLK, Jr. Day of Service 2014: Planting Trees in Shelby Park

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January 21, 2014

Over 60 volunteers came out to help plant trees in Shelby Park in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Several individuals and groups enjoyed the beautiful weather and sense of community which permeated the event. Check out our photos, and the photo gallery and video courtesy of the Courier Journal’s Alton Strupp more >

News: Meet Nathan Slaven

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December 05, 2013

Nathan Slaven, 14, has lived in Chicago and China, but has truly found a “home” in Cherokee Park. He signed up to volunteer at the Thursday night Tree Triage event this past summer to fulfill his high school service hours requirement, but long after his hours were completed he continued to volunteer. Nathan’s whole face more >

News: Meet Nolan McQueen, Park Steward

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October 09, 2013

The future of the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks looks very bright in the hands of Nolan McQueen! Nolan, who is 18 and seems wise beyond his years, is a senior at Manual High School and a recent graduate of the Conservancy’s Park Steward volunteer training program. As nationally ranked junior cyclist, he began volunteering in more >

News: Catholic Heart Work Camp 2013: Volunteers 450 hours in 4 Parks in 4 days!

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June 28, 2013

Catholic Heart Work Camp 2013 volunteers repainted a restroom building in Boone Square

Volunteers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, and Ohio participating in Catholic Heart Work Camp gave 450 hours of service this week to help remove invasive plants in Shawnee and Tyler Parks, mulch historic trees in Cherokee Park, and paint a restroom building in Boone Square. Many thanks to the campers and leaders for their more >

News: Eagle Scout Projects Benefit Olmsted Parks

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June 11, 2013

  John Francisco John Francisco is only 17 years old, but has been has been volunteering in the Olmsted Parks for over 5 years; close to one third of his life! So it made sense when it came time to design his Eagle Scout project it would benefit Cherokee Park and be environmentally smart.  John more >

News: Thank You to These Dedicated Volunteers!

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February 18, 2013

We appreciate every single one of our volunteers, but we want to give special recognition to the following individuals and groups who volunteered in 2012. Outstanding Park Steward: Roxanne Yeoman dedicated many hours helping the Restoration Team with planting, irrigation, and invasive plant removal. Best User Group: KYMBA advocates for sustainable trails in our parks more >

Volunteer Spotlight: Herb Fink

April 13, 2011

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Herb Fink is an enthusiastic resident of Old Louisville who leads the effort to keep Central Park beautiful. As a member of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, Herb provides the leadership needed to organize the volunteer efforts of numerous neighborhood associations, area churches, and non-profits who come together several times each year to maintain and more >