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Cherokee Park, considered Olmsted’s most scenic work, focuses on the landscape experience of traversing from stream valley to ridgeline while Shawnee Park is fitted out for a variety of activities that bring people together, including a formal flower garden, a bandstand, and a great lawn for sporting events.

Archive: Cherokee Park

News: Tree Saplings Triple in Park Woodlands

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February 13, 2014

GREAT NEWS! The number of tree saplings growing in Cherokee and Seneca Parks has tripled in areas cleared of invasive bush honeysuckle as compared to areas not cleared. Over the last few years Olmsted Parks Conservancy crew and volunteers have cleared invasive species from 300 acres of parkland. This exciting outcome was revealed by two more >

News: Meet Nathan Slaven

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December 05, 2013

Nathan Slaven, 14, has lived in Chicago and China, but has truly found a “home” in Cherokee Park. He signed up to volunteer at the Thursday night Tree Triage event this past summer to fulfill his high school service hours requirement, but long after his hours were completed he continued to volunteer. Nathan’s whole face more >

News: Summertime Fun–Activities in the Parks!

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July 30, 2013

Beat the Heat: Let the kids cool down and burn off some energy at one of the 14 traditional spray fountains or spraygrounds located in Olmsted Parks. Tennis Under the Lights: Lights are on after dark at the following tennis courts: Central Park, Iroquois Park, and Seneca Park. A full list of the tennis courts more >

News: Volunteer Spotlight: Crosley Radio and Modern Marketing Concepts

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July 11, 2013

Crosley Radio and Modern Marketing Concepts have only been involved with Olmsted Parks Conservancy for less a year, but are already making a significant contribution to the health and beauty of the Olmsted Parks! Crosley Radio and Modern Marketing Concepts’ president Keith Starr, a Highlands neighborhood resident, has been an Olmsted Parks Conservancy member for more >

News: Park Steward Spotlight: Scott Choffel

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July 11, 2013

“Years ago I was in town visiting a friend in Louisville and we walked through Iroquois Park and stepped into the golf club house for a drink. I spotted a brochure for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and picked it up, not knowing whether or not I would be back to Louisville again,” Scott Choffel reminisced. more >

News: Catholic Heart Work Camp 2013: Volunteers 450 hours in 4 Parks in 4 days!

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June 28, 2013

Catholic Heart Work Camp 2013 volunteers repainted a restroom building in Boone Square

Volunteers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, and Ohio participating in Catholic Heart Work Camp gave 450 hours of service this week to help remove invasive plants in Shawnee and Tyler Parks, mulch historic trees in Cherokee Park, and paint a restroom building in Boone Square. Many thanks to the campers and leaders for their more >

News: Eagle Scout Projects Benefit Olmsted Parks

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June 11, 2013

  John Francisco John Francisco is only 17 years old, but has been has been volunteering in the Olmsted Parks for over 5 years; close to one third of his life! So it made sense when it came time to design his Eagle Scout project it would benefit Cherokee Park and be environmentally smart.  John more >

News: Tree Triage Thursdays

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June 11, 2013

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For the last six years, we have been clearing out the bush honeysuckle in Cherokee and Seneca Parks. We are seeing native re-growth in the cleared areas, but we are also seeing the invasive vines flourish. Such vines as porcelain berry, grapevine and bittersweet are happily growing up and over trees, strangling, deforming and in more >

News: Park Survey Results Explained

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June 10, 2013

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You may have heard about the information released June 5 by the Trust for Public Lands, which ranks cities based on an analysis of their parks. Louisville ranks 49th out of 50 cities surveyed. Last year we were 38th out of 40 cities surveyed. Well here is some additional information to understand about the survey more >

News: Nurturing an Investment

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June 05, 2013

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Now that planting season is over Olmsted Parks Conservancy is working hard to ensure the 2,000 trees and shrubs planted by staff and hardworking volunteers in the fall of 2012 and winter of 2013 in Cherokee and Seneca Parks survive to maturity. Watering trees through the hot summer months is crucial to their survival. Instead more >