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Metro Parks Newsroom

Olmsted Conservancy Opens New Interpretive Trail

Wednesday May 23, 2007

Work Made Possible Through Grant from Cotton + Allen

Olmsted Parks Conservancy, working with Metro Parks, has opened a newly restored area and trail in Cherokee Park. This area features trail signs that will teach walkers and hikers about Kentucky’s diversity of native wildflowers and trees. The Wildflower Woods trail is part of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s $5 million Woodlands Restoration Project to restore Cherokee and Seneca Parks to their original beauty.

The parks still bear the effects of the devastating 1974 tornado that toppled hundreds of trees, leaving the park ground exposed to invasive, non-native plants that are choking trees and smothering native wildflowers.

Rediscovering the wildflowers of 60 years ago
Trailhead sign at Wildflower WoodsThis restoration is a joint effort of Metro Parks, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Wild Ones volunteer group, many individual and family volunteers. This has resulted in massive removal of invasive plants as well as repairing and rebuilding trails to prevent erosion of the area.  The interpretive walking trail follows two years of restoration in the area.

“With these individuals’ and organizations’ efforts, we are now seeing wildflowers growing here again that were cataloged over 60 years ago,” said Bill Juckett, Olmsted Parks Conservancy Chairman of the Board.

The installation of two limestone trailhead signs and 19 interpretive signs along the trail was made possible by a generous grant from Cotton + Allen, certified public accountants and advisors. The signs point out the many beautiful wildflowers that are now growing as a result of the removal of the invasive vines. Several other signs call attention to native trees, including a 100-year-old Tuliptree.

“We have always been committed to improving the quality of life in Louisville,” said Gwen Tilton, Cotton + Allen Officer and Director.  “Both Cotton + Allen and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy have strong roots in Louisville and we see this partnership as an investment that will preserve our heritage for future generations.”

For more information, call (502) 456-8125 (502) 456-3260 or visit or

About Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc.
Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to restore, enhance and preserve the Olmsted Parks and Parkways.  Working as a non-profit partner with Metro Parks, the Conservancy provides planning and funding for park improvements through donations from corporations, individuals and foundations. For more information, visit

-- from the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy