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Councilman David Tandy to participate in historical marker ceremony for Shelby Park

Friday April 12, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Councilman David Tandy (D-4) will join representatives of the Kentucky Historical Society on Saturday, April 13th for the formal dedication and unveiling of Metro Louisville’s latest historical marker dedicated to the origins of Shelby Park.

“For many people, Shelby Park is just a nice neighborhood park where children come to play and others relax but they may not be aware of how the park created nor remember who it is named for,” says Tandy. “This new historical marker will be a nice reminder.”

Shelby Park has its beginnings in the late 1840s. German working class families populated the area bounded by Kentucky, Preston, Bergman and Logan streets. In 1907, Mayor Paul Barth personally purchased part of the land that made up the 17-acre Shelby Park. The park was designed by the Olmsted firm and was named for Kentucky’s first governor, Isaac Shelby.

The Second Renaissance Revival-styled library, designed by Arthur Loomis, opened in 1911 after fund raising was done by residents in the area. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and is one of seven Carnegie-endowed libraries in Louisville.

“This marker tells the story of how generations of Louisvillians worked to create and maintain Shelby Park much like we do with all parks today,” says Tandy.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at 600 E. Oak St. in Louisville.

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