Our Mission

Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community’s well-being. Keenly focused on our vision—that all seventeen parks and six parkways are extraordinary, in every way, for everyone—we execute projects that achieve the following:

Community Well-Being

Bringing together park neighbors and citizens to enjoy and make a difference in their Olmsted Parks, the Conservancy fosters devoted park stewards while providing every park user with a safe, enjoyable experience.

Historic Preservation

With respect for Olmsted’s original design intent, the Conservancy accommodates present-day standards as it restores beauty, functionality, accessibility and physical soundness to valuable, century-old park structures.

Environmental Protection

The Conservancy’s Team for Healthy Parks initiates projects that improve the health of the city through the Olmsted Parks. These include invasive plant removal, controlling storm water runoff to reverse erosion, managing riparian zones for improved water quality, and planting trees and prairies.


Fred Facts
Frederick Law Olmsted along with his design partner Calvert Vaux were responsible for designing Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City.

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