Join Today

Become a member today and support the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks! Membership includes great benefits for you and your family. more >

Fred's Facts

Iroquois Park for Frederick Law Olmsted represented “a treasure of sylvan scenery” providing “the grandeur of the forest depths in the dim seclusion of which you may wander musingly for hours.”

Archive: Cherokee Park

Projects: Rye, Not Just for Whisky!

Posted in: , , ,
March 15, 2017

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 >

News: Planting O’ The Green

Posted in: , ,
March 15, 2017

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 >

News: Junior Park Steward starts recycling in Seneca and Cherokee Parks

Posted in: , , , , ,
January 20, 2017

DSC_3642

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 >

News: Monarch Waystations in Olmsted Parks

Posted in: , , , ,
October 03, 2016

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 >

News: Opportunity for Healthy Change

Posted in: ,
August 24, 2016

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 >

News: Bridges of Cherokee Park RENOVATION

Posted in: ,
August 18, 2016

The Bridges of Cherokee Park The bridges of Cherokee Park are part of what makes this Olmsted-designed park so beautiful. The ten limestone bridges have been well used and loved over the last 100 years, but it’s evident, after a complete study, that time has taken its toll. In partnership with KYTC, Olmsted Parks Conservancy more >

News: WE HAVE A WINNER!

Posted in: ,
July 29, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the winner of this year’s Big Rock Jazz & Blues Fest t-shirt design contest! Zack Selter’s impressive design is on this year’s t-shirts that are available in both short-sleeve and long-sleeve options.  Where can I get one? You can get your t-shirt at the BBQ & Hops event on Friday more >

News: Prairies Blossom

Posted in: , ,
July 13, 2016

Through a USDA Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) grant Olmsted Parks Conservancy converted a total of seven acres in Cherokee and Seneca Parks to colorful prairies. This is an important step as we continue to manage the invasive plants in these parks. The Prairie Project helps prevent growth of Porcelain Berry Vine as well as other invasive plants that might otherwise take root. more >

News: Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival T-shirt design contest

Posted in: , ,
May 11, 2016

big rock contest

For the 2016 Big Rock Jazz and Blues Festival we are introducing a t-shirt design contest. The contest will run through June 15, 2016 with winner being announced by July 1, 2016. Full contest rules and requirements can be found by Clicking here. The winning design will be the official t-shirt for the 2016 Big Rock more >

News: Woodland Edge Prairies Update

Posted in: , , ,
May 03, 2016

woodland edge-yellow wingstem

May 3 update: Throughout Cherokee and Seneca Parks crews have been working to prepare the soil around the woodland edges for the prairie mix that will be planted this spring. Beginning this summer the prairie mix will grow replacing the recently eradicated invasive species. These flowers will help control invasive vines that suffocate trees on more >