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Frederick Law Olmsted noted that parks were beneficial for “the healthfully soothing and refreshing effect which experience proves is exercised upon people escaping from the splendor and bustle, the confinement disturbance of towns, into the midst of spacious natural scenery.”

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News: New Water Fountain-Dedicated

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May 21, 2014

In 1977, a group formed, Cherokee Road Runners Association, of like-minded running enthusiasts who met up by Hogan’s Fountain to run together throughout Cherokee and Seneca Parks. “The running craze was taking a big jump at that time,” Bill Scearce, long-time CRRA member said. “We would meet on Saturday and Sunday mornings to run together; more >

News: ‘Tis the Season for Planting Trees

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November 25, 2013

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After the first frost is the best time to plant trees. Through generous grants from LG&E and KU and the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Olmsted Parks Conservancy will plant 200 canopy trees in Seneca and Shelby Parks during this winter and coming spring. All trees will be maintained and irrigated for a period of three more >

Projects: Treat the Ash Trees!

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April 17, 2012

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The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic, metallic-green colored beetle that has killed 50 to 100 million ash trees in the United States since 2002. In the past decade, it has become one of the most destructive non-native insects found in the U.S. The beetle damages ash trees by feeding on the inner bark, disrupting more >

Projects: Trails Rebuilt Using Donated Stone

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November 18, 2011

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At almost any time of the day or evening hikers, trail runners, bird watchers, mountain bikers, and others are enjoying the 11.5 miles of trails that crisscross the woodlands of Cherokee and Seneca Parks. What a treasure these trails offer! To keep these trails usable, Olmsted Parks Conservancy relies on volunteers like those with Kentucky more >

News: Shawnee Park Sprayground Now Open

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June 27, 2011

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New Sprayground in Shawnee Park Opens for Play! Helping celebrate this great event was Mayor Greg Fischer, Mike Heitz, Metro Parks Director, Mitch Barnes, President of DREAM Foundation, Bill Juckett, Board Chair of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and many other folks who had a hand in making this happen. Olmsted Parks Conservancy in partnership with Metro more >

Projects: Woodlands Restoration

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March 28, 2011

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Devastated by the 1974 tornado, impacted by construction of I-64, suffering from the stress of increased use, and under attack from invasive species and erosion Cherokee and Seneca Parks’ wooded areas have been in a steady decline for over 30 years. Through tremendous support from our community we have raised funds towards the Woodlands Restoration more >

Projects: Upgrades for Algonquin Park

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March 28, 2011

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Metro Parks Department started last year working on many new improvements to Algonquin Park.  Improvements include a new, 800-square foot pavilion, a 3/8 mile concrete walking path, a new football field with goal posts, a new baseball field with backstop and renovated bathrooms along with new benches and accessible picnic areas. In addition to the more >

Projects: 180 Trees for Iroquois Park

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March 28, 2011

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LG&E provided a $5,000 grant to plant 180 trees in Iroquois Park through its Plant for the Planet program. This grant helped Olmsted Parks Conservancy replant some of the trees lost in Iroquois Park during the wind and ice storms of 2008 and 2009. The grant greatly supports Iroquois Park not just financially but environmentally. more >