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Fred's Facts

Frederick Law Olmsted created landscape experiences, to have a humanizing effect on the citizens: to soften their harsh life, and to bring people of all classes together to interact and gain a sense of community.

The Olmsted Firm started design plans, as early as 1893, for this green space along Southern Parkway.  

Then in 1897 the park was designated as the site for a memorial to the the cycling pioneer A. D. Ruff. Ruff was a member of the League of American Wheelman and once cycled to Yellowstone National Park in 1893. Famed sculptor Enid Yandell designed and contructed a marble fountain and half circle stone bench named “Wheelment’s Bench” for the memorial.

On October 8, 1897, a parade of 10,000 cyclists passed here to celebrate a new cinder bicycling path along Southern Parkway. Viewed by 50,000 spectators, parade began at Third and Broadway and ended at Iroquois Cycle Club. Many cyclists were in costume; ladies wore bloomers. Bugles and cannon fire marked the parade’s progress.

Park Details

Located at: 3190 S 3rd St., 40214 (Southern Parkway and Oakdale Avenue)

Size: 2 acres


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