Many people see cities as mere buildings and roads. Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, had a different vision. As one of the greatest champions of urban beauty, Olmsted believed nature could be harmouniously integrated into modern landscapes for the benefit of everyone.
This idea took root in Louisville in the 1890s with the creation of one of only four Olmsted Parks systems in the world. Since then, it has flourished through the preservation efforts of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Louisville's Frederick Law Olmsted Parks are our health clubs and art studios, our outdoor classrooms, sports facilities and family retreats. They play a vital role in protecting the city's health and well-being and they provide common ground for celebrating cultural diversity. The parks enhance Louisville's quality of life.
Without attention and support, the value this great asset will decline. It takes hard work, funding, and community interest to preserve this resource. Olmsted Parks Conservancy leads the movement to enhance and restore these resources, and invites the community to realize its stake in the future of our Frederick Law Olmsted Parks.
The mission of Olmsted Parks Conservancy is to enrich the life of everyone in our community by restoring, enhancing and preserving the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways – Louisville's great natural and recreational assets. Find out how you can help at olmstedparks.org