Central Park

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Fred's Facts

“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

Designed by the Olmsted brothers, the sixteen acre Central Park in Old Louisville was purchased from the DuPont family in 1904.

Originally designed and can currently be described as a green oasis within the urban fabric of Old Louisville. It is characterized by elaborate walkways and border plantings which focus attention on the pergola that dominate the high ground in the center of the park. Annual summer performances of William Shakespeare are held in the amphitheater and have been since 1960.

Park Details

Size: 16.67 acres


Picnic tables
Spray ground
Tennis (6)

C. Douglass Ramey Amphitheater hosts free summer Shakespearian performances.
Old Louisville Information Center provides meeting space for neighborhood groups.

Park Maps

Street Map
Park Map

Master Plan

Central Park Master Plan