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Fred's Facts

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.



Our Memorials and Celebrations program is a wonderful opportunity to tell your story. Share your memories and help preserve the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks at the same time. Take the opportunity to mark a life or an occasion with a simple donation, a beautiful wood-slat bench or a newly planted tree.

Gift Tribute

As you celebrate a wedding, anniversary, birthday or other lifecycle events, think about a tribute donation to Olmsted Parks Conservancy that will serve as an investment in Louisville’s historic park system for today and the future. Click here to make a donation.

Bench Tribute

Wood benches are available at various locations throughout the 18 Frederick Law Olmsted Parks.  All benches have a brass plaque that can be personalized with the message of your choice.

Bench (includes bench, shipping, handling, assembly and installation; engraving on a 10” x 2” bronze plaque):

  • $3,500: New bench and plaque in your preferred site

Tree or Shrub Tribute

In keeping with our annual planting plan, you will have many species and locations to choose from. By sponsoring a tree or shrub, you are making a living contribution, adding to the vitality and natural beauty of our parks.

Tree and Shrub Options (includes planting and maintenance guaranteed for two years, and a custom keepsake and special recognition certification noting dedication and location of the planting):

  • $750: Endowment of a canopy tree (Oak, Tulip, Elm, Sycamore) with a trunk diameter of two to three inches
  • $500: Endowment of an understory tree (Paw Paw, Redbud, Dogwood, Buckeye) with a trunk diameter of one to two inches
  • $200: Endowment of a shrub (Spicebush and Coral Berry) with a height of two to three feet

Click here to make a Memorials and Celebrations donation. Contact Liz DeHart at (502) 456-8125 if you have questions about the program.