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Metro Newsroom

Wildflower walk to highlight Olmsted Parks

Monday April 7, 2008

Take time to stop and smell the wildflowers on a nature walk through one of Louisville’s most beautiful historic parks. Admission to Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s Walk in the Park is free; walkers will start at Willow Park just outside Cherokee Park between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. The event will highlight Cherokee Park’s gently rolling terrain, native flora and natural landmarks such as Beargrass Creek.

Registered walkers will receive a map guiding them one, two or three miles through Cherokee Park. Walkers will be able to identify the flowers, trees and architectural details that make the east-end destination one of Louisville’s most spectacular, year-round attractions. Suitable for people of all ages, Walk in the Park is an ideal event to kick-start spring fitness, or for walkers who want to increase their distance.

Walkers can register to win an iPod Nano™, then enjoy bagels, coffee and more provided by Nancy’s Bagel Grounds, Heine Brothers Coffee and Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets. After the walk, participants are invited to visit booths sponsored by The Trail Store, Louisville Bicycle Club, Orienteering Louisville and other organizations. Cyclists who ride to Walk in the Park can “valet park” their bikes at a bike corral. Shirts, pins and caps will be available for purchase.

Walk in the Park features the:

  • One-Mile Wildflower Walk – short, shaded walk that goes through Wildflower Woods and back to Willow Park
  • Two-Mile Baringer Walk – moderate, rolling course that goes around Baringer Pavilion, down to Baringer Spring and back to the start
  • Three-Mile Loop Walk – Hilly, yet stroller-friendly course that circles around the entire Scenic Loop

Walk in the Park is open until 11:30 a.m. Another Walk in the Park is scheduled for May 17 in Shawnee Park, located in Louisville’s West End. Both events are made possible with the assistance of Louisville Metro Parks.

These events are “friend-raisers” (rather than “fundraisers”) for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and are designed to introduce Kentuckiana residents to the organization helping restore, enhance and preserve Louisville’s historic Olmsted parks and parkways. The century-old park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture who also designed New York City’s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

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