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LOUISVILLE, KY – October 18, 2021 Olmsted Parks Conservancy is pleased to announce our newest Olmsted Park Partner, Southpaw – A Taco Bell Franchisee. Southpaw will serve as an Olmsted Park Partner for Elliott Park in the Russell neighborhood. Olmsted Park Partners are essential to the success of maintaining, beautifying, and activating Louisville’s 17 Olmsted Parks.

With a focus on connecting corporations and local businesses with the communities they serve, Olmsted Parks Conservancy launched the Olmsted Park Partner program in 2020. The program is an extension of the Conservancy’s existing volunteer program, which has over 1400 active volunteers.

Tuesday, October 19 the Elliott Park community, Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Southpaw will celebrate the park partnership with kids’ Free Play at 5 pm and special remarks at 6:30 pm. On the corner of 28th & Broadway, the newly remodeled Southpaw Taco Bell restaurant is scheduled to open its doors Monday, October 18.

Layla George, president and CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy said, “The Olmsted Park Partner program allows businesses to engage their employees in stewardship, support internal wellness initiatives, and foster deeper relationships with members of the community surrounding our Olmsted Parks through much needed programming. And since we are an independent non-profit organization, the program also helps to fund high-level maintenance in our Olmsted Parks. It’s really a ‘win-win-win’– for businesses, for Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and for all of Louisville.” George continued, “We are so grateful to Southpaw for stepping up to provide this extra support for Elliott Park.”

Olmsted Park Partners become official supporters of one of the 17 Olmsted Parks and are committed to:

  • Keeping their chosen Olmsted Park beautiful and vibrant by participating in two volunteer events with company employees, guided by Olmsted Parks Conservancy Education and Volunteer Program Manager Matt Spalding.
  • Participating in a private (or donating a public) wellness day in their Olmsted Park for the organization’s students or employees to encourage physical and mental health. 
  • Activating their Olmsted Park by hosting one public Family Field Day featuring Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s Free Play experience, games, kids’ activities and more. 

Local companies have generously entered a one-year commitment to their chosen park in 2021: 

Southpaw is proud to serve as the Olmsted Park Partner for Elliott Park,” said Co-Founder and Co-CEO Judd Wishnow.  “We strive to support the community, hire from the neighborhood and invest in our employees.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to Russell and West Louisville.”  

If you are interested in becoming an Olmsted Park Partner, or pursuing other corporate sponsorship opportunities with Olmsted Parks Conservancy, please contact Director Marketing & Corporate Support, Jessica Holman at or call 502-456-8125.

If you are interested in volunteering as an individual, or are a member of a community or non-profit group interested in volunteering in an Olmsted Park, contact Matt Spalding at or call 502-456-8125.


About Olmsted Parks Conservancy 
Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s historic 17 Olmsted Parks and 6 Parkways. Working as a non-profit partner with Louisville Parks and Recreation, the Conservancy provides planning and funding for park improvements and natural areas management through donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. In 2019, Olmsted Parks Conservancy celebrated 30 years of connecting nature and neighborhood and overseeing $40 million in investment in our Olmsted Parks. 

About Southpaw

Founded in 2010, Southpaw is a Private Equity Fund focused on generating stable and consistent returns through the acquisition, construction, and operation of Quick Service Restaurants. Southpaw currently owns and operates Dunkin’ Donuts and Taco Bell locations throughout New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and Kentucky. The company is based in Greenwich, CT.

About Free Play

Free Play consists of a self-directed play space, where children are encouraged to build, create and engage on their own terms.

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