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Archive: Shawnee Park

News: Member of the Month:The Blieden Family

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February 17, 2016

In this new series about members of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Andy Blieden, a local developer and owner of Butchertown Market, answers questions about why he and his family are passionate about the Olmsted Parks. Favorite Park? It’s a tie between Cherokee, Seneca and Shawnee.  Favorite Park Activity? It’s a tie between riding my bike, taking more >

News: MSD is planning a project in Shawnee Park

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November 20, 2015

MSD is planning a project in Shawnee Park and we need your input. Olmsted Parks Conservancy needs your help to protect Shawnee Park, one of the flagship Olmsted-designed parks in Louisville. We encourage you to read on and participate in the survey linked below. The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has selected Shawnee Park as a more >

News: KET’s Louisville Life Series on Olmsted Parks

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May 18, 2015

Louisville Life kicked off a season-long look at the city’s Fredrick Law Olmsted-designed park system. The iconic parks’ history and future are examined, along with the legacy, mission and goals of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Watch Now!  

News: 2015 Power of the Olmsted Parks Breakfast

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May 18, 2015

Thanks to the several hundred people who attended the 2015 Power of the Olmsted Parks Breakfast, we were able to raise critical funds to help do more work in the Olmsted Parks. Great speakers stated the need for Louisville’s parks and the importance of keeping them healthy for the community: Dan Jones, Chairman and CEO of more >

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: 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: 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: 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: Cyclists Love Olmsted Parks and Parkways!

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June 05, 2013

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The Olmsted Parks and Parkways have a long shared history with cycling, including the following: In 1897, in honor of the Board of Park Commissioners who authorized construction of a cinder path for bikes along Southern Parkway, 10,000 bicyclists paraded from downtown Louisville to Southern Parkway and then to Iroquois Park. Bugles and cannon fire 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 >