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Wayside Park

THE OLMSTED FIRM STARTED DESIGN PLANS AS EARLY AS 1893 FOR THIS GREEN SPACE ALONG SOUTHERN PARKWAY.

Then in 1897 the park was designated as the site for a memorial to the cycling pioneer A. D. Ruff. Ruff was a member of the League of American Wheelman and once cycled to Yellowstone National Park in 1893. Famed sculptor Enid Yandell designed and constructed a marble fountain and half circle stone bench named “Wheelmen’s Bench” for the memorial.

On October 8, 1897, a parade of 10,000 cyclists passed here to celebrate a new cinder bicycling path along Southern Parkway. Viewed by 50,000 spectators, parade began at Third and Broadway and ended at Iroquois Cycle Club. Many cyclists were in costume; ladies wore bloomers. Bugles and cannon fire marked the parade’s progress.

Key Features & Amenities

  • Benches

PARK DETAILS

Location
3190 S 3rd Street, 40214
(Southern Parkway and Oakdale Avenue)
Size
2 acres
Facility Reservations
502-368-5865
Hours
6 am – 11 pm
Fred Facts
Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape design for the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was a model for Disney’s Experimental Prototype of the Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT).

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