Shawnee Park

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Fred's Facts

The quality of “delicacy”, which involves variety, intricacy, and fine gradation of texture, tint and tone, was fundamental to Frederick Law Olmsted’s artistic and civilizing purpose.

The 1892 Olmsted plan for Shawnee used the low-lying riverfront setting and topography of the land as inspiration for the park’s design.

The two principal features of the park are the concourses that afford extensive views and the expansive Great Lawn, a signature Olmsted design feature. Intended as Louisville’s spot for large formal gatherings, the Great Lawn is enclosed with border plantings and a tree-lined circular drive. This open space was adaptable for both large gatherings and sports uses. The park contained the only formal garden in Louisville’s system and for a time employed full time gardeners.

Park Details

Located at: 4501 W Broadway, 40211 (Broadway and Southwestern Parkway)

Size: 284.77 acres


Shawnee Golf Course (18-hole)
460 Northwestern Parkway, 40212


Ball fields (5)
Basketball (5)
Biking (Road)
Lodge (call 502-368-5865 for reservations)
Picnic shelters
Picnic tables
Recreation lane (multi-use) – 1.3 miles
Restrooms – Open Seasonally
River frontage
Louisville Loop (multi-use path)
Tennis (5)

Park Maps & Tours

Street Map
Park Map

Self-guided walking tours:
Shawnee Park Vista Walk (2 miles)
Shawnee Park Great Lawn Loop Walk (2 miles)
Shawnee Park River Walk (2 miles)

Master Plan

Shawnee Park Master Plan