Kentuckians may think of rye as an ingredient in whisky, but our Team for Healthy Parks uses a cool season rye seed mix as a woodland cover crop for disturbed areas in the parks. It helps to prevent erosion and displaces invasive species. We get our rye from Roundstone Native Seed Company from Upton, Ky. more >
Become a member today and support the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks! Membership includes great benefits for you and your family. more >
“There should be great numbers of trees with a spread of branches and standing in relation to one another that could not be expected to be attained in less time than forty years.” -- Frederick Law Olmsted
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.
Planting O’ The Green helps expand the City’s tree canopy including Cherokee Park. As a way to help Metro Louisville expand its tree canopy, Councilman Brandon Coan (D-8) announced Planting O’ The Green, an initiative to plant 88 trees during the week leading up to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and 364 trees over the next more >
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 >
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 >