Olmsted Parks - Restore. Enhance. Preserve.


Olmsted Parks Conservancy's mission is to restore, enhance and preserve one of Louisville’s most valued treasures, the historic Olmsted Parks and Parkways.

Louisville's park system is the last designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the "Father of American Landscape Architecture", and one of only five such systems across the country. Known nationally as the defining park system of his career, it stands today as one of his best-preserved works, reflecting the genius of Olmsted's vision.

For Louisvillians, these parks are inexorably tied to our identity. Help keep these treasures for future generations. 

Park Tours

Olmsted Parks Conservancy is pleased to bring you the first 'Parkcast' audio tour of Cherokee Park. The MP3 compatible tour is easy to download and will provide exciting information about Frederick Law Olmsted, park history, environmental impacts to the park, and more.

Also available are self-guided tours for both Cherokee and Shawnee Parks. Download the tour of choice then head to the park for a fun and informative park experience. And see how you can win an iPod® Nano.

Register to win an iPod!

Learn about Louisville's Olmsted Parks

Louisville Olmsted Parks

Learn about the genius of Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for Louisville's park system. This informative rich media tour provides an insightful historic perspective to why Louisville is now considered the City of Parks.


Save the Parks, One T-Shirt at a Time!

“Hike Every Trail” shirts at Quest Outdoors benefit Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Quest Outdoors has been outfitting Louisville residents for 25 years with camping and backpacking equipment. The Louisville-grown store has given back to the community in many ways and this year they are giving back to the Olmsted Parks of Louisville.  

For every $20 t-shirt sold, Olmsted Parks Conservancy will receive up to $10.  Proceeds from the shirts will help Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

You have two locations to purchase your t-shirt:
Quest Outdoors, 2330 Frankfort Avenue and The Summit at 4354 Summit Plaza Drive. Or contact Olmsted Parks Conservancy at 502.456/8125


Volunteer Today

Spend one day a year or a few hours each day, week or month volunteering as an Olmsted Park Champion. Do it single-handedly, or get a group of friends together.  Even if you’ve never volunteered before, or you’ve never planted a tree, you can protect the future of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks! Check out upcoming volunteer dates.

Help save the Woodlands!

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Our community is blessed with historic parks of unequalled value. Designed beginning in 1891 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and his firm, these parks and parkways are the final masterpiece of his famed career. To today's visitor, all may seem well. But beyond their green appearance, Cherokee and Seneca Parks are dying. Invasive plants are choking the life out of century-old trees. Erosion is creating deep gullies, undercutting bridges, and carving out creek banks. Trails have been devastated by inappropriate uses. Today, the Conservancy is undertaking the WOODLANDS RESTORATION to save these vital parklands with your help. Find out more...