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Volunteer Efforts Re-Open Section of Historic Corbly Path in Iroquois Park

Monday September 11, 2006

Volunteers from Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy worked to re-open part of the historic Corbly Path in Iroquois Park

Direct trail access to the Northern Overlook in Iroquois Park has been restricted for more than a year, when a “switchback” trail was closed because of erosion and safety concerns. The volunteer project on Saturday re-opened the bottom half of the old Corbly Path, which was part of the original design of Iroquois Park in the 1890s. The Corbly Path will connect to the midpoint of the closed switchback trail. Hikers are now able to use the Corbly Path to access the upper part of the switchback trail – which is in better condition than the lower half – to reach the Northern Overlook. A future volunteer project will restore the remainder of the Corbly Path, at which time the upper portion of the switchback trail will be taken permanently out of service.

Metro Parks recently cleared a significant amount of overgrowth from the Northern Overlook, restoring large portions of the scenic views that have attracted generations of Louisvillians. The view from the Northern Overlook includes downtown Louisville and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Additional pruning is scheduled for 2007.

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is the Mayor’s Adopt-A-Park partner for Iroquois Park, which is one of 18 Louisville parks designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

For information about the Improvements taking place at Iroquois Park visit:

To learn more about individual and group volunteer opportunities at Metro Parks, visit