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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 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.
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)
Lodge (call 502-368-5865 for reservations)
Recreation lane (multi-use) – 1.3 miles
Restrooms – Open Seasonally
Louisville Loop (multi-use path)