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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


Shawnee Park Tree Stroll

As part of Louisville Tree Week, we will be hosting an interpretive hike starting at …

Shawnee Park

Shawnee Park Cleanup

As part of Louisville Tree Week, we will be hosting a volunteer event near the …

Shawnee Park

2023 Member Mingle

We are pleased to welcome all Olmsted Parks Conservancy members to the inaugural Member Mingle! …

Iroquois Park

2023 December Member Drive

Renew your commitment to supporting your Olmsted Parks during the December Member Drive!

Algonquin 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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