Skip to content
News History Highlight, News, Projects Wayside Park

Wayside Park gets a makeover just in time for Derby

Back to News & Updates

Did you know there is an Olmsted Park right across from the Churchill Downs backside? Chances are you have driven right by it on the way to Wagner’s Pharmacy or while headed to the more famous Iroquois Park.

Wayside Park is a hidden gem with a curious piece of public art that many Louisvillians don’t know of – the Wheelman’s Bench. Designed by Enid Yandell, who also designed Hogan’s Fountain and the Daniel Boone statue in Cherokee Park, the bench was constructed in 1897 by the Kentucky Division of the League of American Wheelman to honor cycling pioneer A.D. Ruff (1827-96.)

Wayside Park is getting a restoration and beautification just in time for Derby! The Wheelman’s Bench received conservation and repair work thanks to Louisville Metro Public Art. Olmsted Parks Conservancy is restoring the landscape bed and installing the iconic World’s Fair style benches, new signage and a new water fountain.

“Enid Yandell was a trailblazer and famed sculptor at a time that women did not even have the right to vote. We are pleased Yandell’s work, Wheelmen’s Bench, has been restored so that thousands more can enjoy her vision at an upgraded Wayside Park near iconic Churchill Downs. Metro Parks and Recreation and Olmsted Parks Conservancy continue to be outstanding partners with the Office of Arts + Creative Industries as we invite future generations to appreciate our city’s public art.” – Jessica Kincaid, Director, Office of Arts + Creative Industries, Louisville Metro Government

Find something similar: History Highlight News Projects Wayside Park

Similar Posts

See all

The Tornado of 1974

Where were you? For many Louisvillians, April 3, 1974 is a day seared into memory …