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Community Programming

We deepen connections between parks and people through thoughtful and intentional community programs.

We believe parks should be inclusive and democratic spaces where community members feel a sense of ownership and belonging. We connect nature and neighborhood through Friends of Olmsted Parks neighborhood groups, hands-on volunteer projects, family friendly events and partnerships with other organizations activating the Olmsted Parks.


Upcoming Events


Car Free Cherokee

On the last Sunday of each month, we close Cherokee Park to traffic so park …

Cherokee Park

Central Park Yoga

Free yoga classes are held on the 3rd Saturdays April – October 10 a.m. – …

Central Park

Iroquois Park Photography Hike

Buddy Sergesketter is your guide to the beauty of Iroquois Park on this photography-focused hike. Bring your camera or your camera phone to capture beautiful images of nature. This hike is presented in partnership with Building Equal Bridges: The Tyler Gerth Foundation and the Tyler Gerth Memorial Photography Contest. No photography experience necessary to participate!

Iroquois Park
Free Play offers kids healthy opportunities to explore the natural world.

By way of loose parts, like hay bales, lumber, cardboard boxes, foam swim noodles, ropes, and chalk, free play empowers children to solve problems through self-guided play; instills self-confidence and social skills; teaches risk assessment and risk-taking; and fosters creativity and imagination.

Play is a critical part of a child’s life, for good reason. It supports healthy physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Free play encourages problem solving, builds imagination, and exploration of the world around them. It teaches children about healthy risk and teamwork.

Events help us raise awareness of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, generate new memberships to raise funds for important initiatives in our Olmsted Parks, and provide important programming for the communities we serve.


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