Chickasaw 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

The Olmsted Firm began designing this sixty-one acre site in 1923, complete with winding paths, picnic pavilions, and the only free clay tennis courts in the region.

The park land was formerly the country estate of political boss John Henry Whallen before it was aquired in 1921. The park plan was not fully implemented until the 1930s.

When the other Frederick Law Olmsted Parks in Louisville were closed to the black community in 1924, Chickasaw was the only one that remained open to them until the parks were desegregated in 1954.

Park Details

Located at: 1200 Southwestern Pkwy., 40211 (Southwestern Parkway and Greenwood Avenue)

Size: 61.21 acres

Ball field
Biking – Road
Walking path (1 mile)
Fishing Lake (catch and release only)
Horseshoe pits (4)
Lodge (call 502-368-5865 for reservations)
Picnic shelter
Picnic tables
River frontage
Spray ground
Tennis (6 clay, 6 hard surface)

Park Maps

Street Maps
Park Map

Master Plan

Chickasaw Complete Master Plan