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Frederick Law Olmsted believed parks would educate and civilize citizens, that they would provide physical and spiritual blessings to people from tenements and sweatships as well as those from expensive mansions. He believed all people would meet and mingle in parks, thus overcoming the barriers of class and wealth. He believed in the power of parks to elevate humankind.

Archive: Iroquois Park

News: New Botany Guide Available

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February 13, 2014

The Olmsted Parks of Louisville–A Botanical Field Guide by Louisville native Patricia Dalton Haragan Photographs by Susan Wilson and Chris Bidwell 472 pages ∙ 6 x 9 ∙ 320 color photos, map The Olmsted Parks of Louisville-A Botanical Field Guide is the first authoritative manual on the 380 species of trees, herbaceous plants, shrubs, and more >

News: Louisville Beer Run & Festival will benefit Olmsted Parks!

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October 24, 2013

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A not-so-traditional run in Iroquois Park with an amazing after-party. This run isn’t about who’s the fastest. This is simply about having fun, acting like your crazy self, and oh having a few beers along the course. Every half mile you’ll be treated to a specialty beer sampling. Once you’ve made it through the 2.5 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: 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: April Volunteers Rock!

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April 18, 2013

It takes a lot of hands on effort to take care of our Frederick Law Olmsted Parks, and we can’t do it without the help from the community! Thanks to you, our amazing volunteers, April was an incredible month of service (and we aren’t finished yet!).  Additional thanks goes to our Park Stewards who all helped more >

News: Invasive Plant Removal in Iroquois Park

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March 21, 2013

The native tree canopy of the Iroquois Park woodlands has been compromised over the past decade due to storms, invasive insects, and the presence of invasive vegetation. These threats coupled with the growth of woody invasive vegetation such as Bush Honeysuckle and Privet have had a negative impact on the aesthetic nature of Iroquois Park. more >

News: Welcome New Adoption Partners!

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June 21, 2011

This past week, Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KYMBA) and Expeditors International made their commitment to Frederick Law Olmsted Parks official! Our two new adoption partners will send representative members a few times a year to help maintain the parks they love. KYMBA has a long-standing history of volunteerism and enthusiasm for the trails of Cherokee Park. Find out more more >