Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation are pleased to have completed phase one of a $1 million revitalization to Victory Park. The first phase work included: Financial support came from Olmsted Parks more >
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“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 almost 30-year history, Olmsted Parks Conservancy has raised over $35 million and completed a number of key projects in all 18 parks in the Olmsted system. Projects have included renovation of Iroquois Park’s North Overlook, revitalization of Victory Park, restoration of the Shawnee Park pavilion, cleared invasive plants from the woodland areas of Cherokee, Seneca, Shawnee, Iroquois Parks, renovation of the restrooms at Central Park, plus much more.
Read more about the many projects in the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks.
Olmsted Park Steward John Hayes has been improving the woods in the parks, not by removing invasive plants, but restoring our Olmsted Park benches. John is a retiree and experienced woodworker. To-date, he has restored 14 Olmsted Park benches, donating over 150 hours of hard work. The Conservancy greatly appreciates John’s efforts, which help to more >
Come celebrate the completion of a new walking path and basketball court as part of the revitalization of this Olmsted Park on November 18 at 10:00am! This is a culmination of community input, public partnerships, park planning and project construction. Take a look at the progression here, Dig 1 and Paving 1.
Olmsted Parks Conservancy, in collaboration with Louisville Parks & Recreation, is pleased to announce the start of restoration work in the Bonnycastle Hill Area of Cherokee Park. The popular area of Cherokee Park is named in honor of Mrs. Bonnycastle who donated the land to the city in the late 1800s. The Bonnycastle Hill area more >
Over several days, Olmsted Parks Conservancy coordinated 28 volunteers to enhance the much-loved Elliott Park. Projects completed were: Painted exterior of the restroom building 100 cu. ft. of mulch was spread around the playground and swing set 55 trees were mulched New lines painted on the ball court General clean up On July 29, Dreamsetters more >