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Request for Proposal – Beargrass Preserve Master Plan

September 2022

Olmsted Parks Conservancy is soliciting proposals (RFP) from consultant teams to provide professional services for landscape architecture, civil engineering, architecture, management and maintenance planning, and natural resource management as needed for the development of a Landscape Design and a Management/Maintenance Master Plan for Beargrass Preserve, a 25-acre tract situated in the Alta Vista neighborhood adjacent to historic Cherokee Park and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

In late 2021, we received a historic $8 million gift to purchase 25 acres adjacent to Cherokee Park. This major expansion of our park system has attracted national attention with recent coverage of our parks in The Saturday Evening Post, The Hill, The New York Times, and other publications and podcasts.

The acquisition of Beargrass Preserve marks the first time that we have owned land and have full responsibility for its creation, development, investment, and ongoing care and maintenance. We are looking for a partner to help us realize the full potential of this beautiful property.

Submit proposal to:

Olmsted Parks Conservancy
1299 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213

Attn: Layla George
President and CEO

Fred Facts
The 1974 tornado destroyed eighty percent of Cherokee Park’s hardwood trees and galvanized new support for restoring the parks.


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