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Chickasaw Park

THIS SIXTY-ONE ACRE SITE WAS DESIGNED BY THE OLMSTED FIRM IN 1923.

Chickasaw Park stands out from other parks as it was the largest park specifically for Blacks in Louisville during the era of segregation. It is also believed to be the only park in the country designed by the Olmsted Firm during the time of segregation specifically for the use of African Americans.

The park features a pond for fishing in the summer and is well known for its strong tennis culture and clay courts. Numerous tennis tournaments have been held in Chickasaw Park over the decades. Notably, Althea Gibson, the first African American woman to win Wimbledon, came to Chickasaw Park to play the Mid-Mac Tennis Tournament in the 1940s.

Chickasaw Park has a deep and rich history of use by the community as a gathering place. This left the park relatively unchanged after other parks became integrated in 1955.  Several communities utilize the park for weekend picnics and family outings. For Black Louisville, this park always has been and always will be “our park.”

Key Features & Amenities

  • Ballfield
  • Basketball
  • Biking – Road
  • Fishing
  • Grill
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Lodge
  • Louisville Loop Access
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • River Frontage
  • Sprayground
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Walking Path

PARK DETAILS

Location
1200 Southwestern Pkwy., 40211
(Southwestern Pkwy and Greenwood Ave)
Size
61.21 acres
Facility Reservations
502-368-5865
Hours
6 am – 11 pm
Fred Facts
Research shows that residents of neighborhoods with greenery in common spaces enjoy stronger social ties.

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