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

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January 20, 2017

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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: $100,000 Matching Grant Achieved to Complete $11.6 Million Campaign

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January 03, 2017

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED! We are pleased to announce we raised the needed $100,000 to earn a matching grant from James Graham Brown Foundation. With your help we raised the $200,000 needed to complete our $11.6 million Campaign for Extraordinary Parks! Special thanks to the Campaign Steering Committee for their leadership and commitment. more >

News: Monarch Waystations in Olmsted Parks

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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: Iroquois Park North Overlook is Open!

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September 14, 2016

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September 14, 2016 It was a beautiful day to celebrate the opening of the North Overlook at Iroquois Park. This incredible project came together because of an immense love for our community and its beautiful parks! We are proud that our Mayor, Metro Council and many donors of Olmsted Parks Conservancy were committed to providing the more >

News: Bridges of Cherokee Park RENOVATION

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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: REVITALIZATION OF VICTORY PARK TO BEGIN LATE SUMMER

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July 26, 2016

Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Metro Parks & Recreation have approved a Master Plan to revitalize Victory Park with implementation of the first phase beginning in late September. Plans for the first phase include relocating the basketball court to the northwest side of the park to create a larger open area for activities in the center more >

News: Tree Challenge: 200 donors in 2 days

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July 15, 2016

You did it! Your support has not only unlocked a $10,000 challenge grant, but raised an additional $12,500 to help us plant trees in the Olmsted Parks and Parkways.  Your important investment in trees is vital to the health of our citizens, neighborhoods and the entire community. We are grateful for your support and participation in more >

News: Prairies Blossom

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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: Save the Monarchs Father’s day gift

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May 18, 2016

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Avoid the ties, dress pants, and golf balls this fathers day and give your Dad the gift of life and beauty in the Olmsted Parks. The Monarch Butterfly is losing its population, and you can help give them new life this Father’s Day. Over the past 20 years the Monarch butterfly has seen a dramatic more >

News: Woodland Edge Prairies Update

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May 03, 2016

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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 >