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You visit, volunteer, workout, drive-by or through one or many of the Olmsted Parks, but did you think about the impact the Olmsted Parks have on you and your city? Olmsted Parks Conservancy decided to answer that question.

In general, we know parks are important civic investments but what additional impact do the Frederick Law Olmsted Park and Parkways? In 2017, we contracted Place Economics to measure the impacts and this is what we discovered: Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways bring significant additional environmental, economic and social value to our community.

  • Environmentally, Olmsted Parks help offset the urban heat island effect, filter air pollutants, capture stormwater and reduce downstream impact.
  • Economically, Olmsted Parks attract residents, tourists and businesses. Proximity to an Olmsted Park raises property values and increases the community’s tax base.
  • Socially, Olmsted Parks serve the most diverse population and are the top choice for hosting activities outside.

Read the Impact Study to learn more: Olmsted Parks Impact Study

Understanding the impacts the Olmsted Parks make on your community reiterates the value of these historic parks and strengthens the Conservancy’s committment. For the last 29 years, Olmsted Parks Conservancy has worked to restore, enhance and preserve the 18 Olmsted Parks and 6 Parkways in Louisville. We are committed to forever protecting these communities assets.

Help strengthen the impact of the Olmsted Parks by becoming a member.

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