Olmsted Parks Conservancy volunteer Lauryn Grady has implemented a recycling program for Seneca and Cherokee Parks. Grady, an Assumption High School student is an advocate for the environment and parks and hopes all park users will participate. The plan, solely proposed by Lauryn , came about because her cross-country practice takes her to Seneca Park more >
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Although captivated throughout his career by large, rural parks, during his later years Frederick Law Olmsted became intrigued by the social possibilities created by small urban spaces. Small neighborhood parks, playgrounds and squares might provide opportunities for respite from the congestion and noise of urban life.
Though the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks have served the people well for 120 years, they fell into disrepair over the years. In 1989, Olmsted Parks Conservancy was founded by then Mayor Jerry Abramson and a group of private citizens to preserve and refurbish the parks. The Master Plan for Renewing our Olmsted Parks and Parkways was created in 1994 and serves as the roadmap for an estimated $55 million in restoration and improvements needed in the flagship parks– Shawnee, Iroquois and Cherokee.
During its 25-year history, Olmsted Parks Conservancy has raised over $26 million and completed a number of key projects in all 18 parks in the Olmsted system. Projects have included renovations of sports facilities, woodland and savannah restoration, wetland creation, multi-use recreational paths, reconstruction of bridle and hiking trails, playgrounds and many more.
Take a look at the many projects being worked on in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks.
Great news! To continue work to enhance the Olmsted Parks, while helping save the Monarch Butterfly population, we have planned for another waystation to be installed in Iroquois Park. The waystation will add to the beauty of the Iroquois Summit Field area while providing food, shelter and breeding grounds for the butterflies. The plan calls for the Conservancy more >
September 14, 2016 It was a beautiful day to celebrate the opening of the North Overlook at Iroquois Park. This incredible project came together because of an immense love for our community and its beautiful parks! We are proud that our Mayor, Metro Council and many donors of Olmsted Parks Conservancy were committed to providing the more >
Our goggle-wearing “mad scientists” are tending small plots of land in Cherokee Park. This part of the exciting two-year organic herbicide research study in partnership with the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil. The first organic herbicide tested is derived from geraniums, and the second type is a combination of clove and cinnamon oils. Our more >
August 18, 2016
Explore Iroquois Park! The Switchback Trail is permanently closed due to severe erosion. Please protect and respect your Park by not attempting to use the Switchback Trail. THANK YOU!!! Recommended alternate walking routes to the summit include: Sullivan Grove Trail (OPEN) Olmsted Woodland Trail (OPEN) Corbly Path (Currently CLOSED for rehabilitation but will re-open fall more >