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“Gradually and silently the charm comes over us, the beauty has entered our souls; we know not exactly when or how.” -- Frederick Law Olmsted
It also has the distinction of being the location of the first organized baseball game in Louisville in 1865. A 2006 Courier-Journal article about Boone Square Park reports the “mission of the park remains the same as when Olmsted designed it in 1891, to provide a place for Portlanders to play and rest.” Boone Square Park offers space for recreation, including two basketball courts, two playgrounds (one for older children and one for toddlers), a spray fountain, an open field for games of all kinds, and a picnic shelter. It is named for the original owners of the property, Mr. and Mrs. William Boone, who resided there in a Georgian mansion in the early 1850s. The mansion deteriorated during the Civil War, and eventually was lost altogether. The land was deeded to the City of Louisville in 1891 by Eliza Boone.
Located at: 1935 Rowan St., 40203 (20th and Rowan Streets)
Size: 4.02 acres