With unspoiled greenery, some interesting and understated architecture, and a whole lot of places to play for kids and adults alike, we sometimes take for granted the stellar park space around us. The outdoor seasons are upon us, so let’s go outside.

Louisville has a wealth of beautiful green space, thanks in large part to Frederick Law Olmsted, a very most prominent landscape architect who designed our city’s park system way back in the 1800s. Sometimes known as a “City of Parks,” we’ve even managed to stretch our “hikeable” scenery across the river. Take a walk over the Ohio River on a historic railroad bridge known as the Big Four Bridge, an experience all its own. Open to sightseers, walkers, bicyclists, and river enthusiast, this pedestrian bridge extends all the way across, linking Louisville to Southern Indiana.

The city’s newest park, The long-awaited Waterfront Botanical Gardens, is set to open October 2019.

This exciting development will bring us gardens within the confines of one of Louisville’s oldest city areas, an area known as the Point. This locale, after decades spent as the Ohio Street Dump, is being redeveloped into an ecological sanctuary. The Gardens will provide an engaging and ever-changing mix of activities for visitors, offering an education center, a visitor’s center, as well as a conservatory. The site is sure to be a beautiful place to explore, and we’re very excited by its arrival.

Louisville features 118 parks! Don’t believe us? Here’s a list. How many have you visited?

35th Street Park, A.B. Sawyer Park, Algonquin Park, Auburndale Park, Ballard Park, Baxter Square

Beargrass Creek Greenway, Beechmont Tot Lot, Bellevue Park, Ben Washer Park, Berrytown Park

Bingham Park, Black Mudd Park, Blue Lick Park, Boone Square, Bradley Park, Breslin Park

Buechel Park, California Leisure Open Space, California Park, Camp Taylor Memorial Park, Cane Run Park

Caperton Swamp, Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park, Castlewood Open Space, Central Park, Charlie Vettiner Park

Cherokee Park, Chickasaw Park, Churchill Park, Cliff Park, Clifton Park, Colonel Charles D. Young Park

Crescent Hill Park, Crosby Park, Cyril Allgeier, David Armstrong Extreme Park, Des Pres Park, Douglass Park

E. Leland Taylor Park, Eastover Park, Elliott Square, Emerson Park, Eva Bandman Park & Cyclocross Venue

Fairdale Mini Park, Fairmount Falls Park, Farman Park, Farnsley Park, Fern Creek Park, Fisherman's Park

Flaget Field Park, G.G. Moore Park, George Rogers Clark Park, German-Paristown Park, Ginny Reichard Park

Gnadinger Park, Hays Kennedy Park, Highview Park, Hounz Lane Park, Huston Quin Park, Irish Hill Park

Iroquois Park, Ivy Court Park, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Joe Creason Park, Kennedy Court Park, Klondike Park

Kulmer Reserve, Lake Dreamland Park, Lannan Park, LaPorte Park, Locust Grove, Long Run Park, Louis B. Israel Park

Louisville Champions Park, Magnolia Park, McNeely Lake Park, Medora Park, Memorial Park, Nelson Hornbeck Park

Norfolk Acres Park, Okolona Park, Parkhill Park, PeeWee Park, Petersburg Park, Portland Park, Portland Wharf Park

Riverside Gardens Park, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Riverview Park, Roberson Run, Rose Farm Park

Rubel Park, Russell Lee Park, Seneca Park, Shawnee Park, Shelby Park, Sheppard Park, Slevin Park, South Central Park

St. Louis Park, Story Avenue Park, Sun Valley Park, Sylvania Park, Thurman Hutchins Park, Toonerville Trolley Park

Twin Park, Tyler Park, Victory Park, Watterson Lake Park, Waverly Park, Wayside Park, Westonia Park, William B. Stansbury Park

William Britt Park, William Harrison Park, Willow Park and Wyandotte Park


There's no doubt about it - Louisville is a fun loving placeto be. Here's just a partial list of upcoming events over the next year!


Old Fashioned Fortnight
Derby City Comic Con
Kentucky Bourbon Affair
Whiskey Live
Kentuckiana Pride Festival
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Kentucky Craft Bash Beer Festival
Portland Festival
I Am Ali Festival


Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Lebowski Fest
Independence Festival
Flyover Film Festival


Brew at the Zoo
NSRA Street Rod Nationals Plus
Kentucky State Fair
World Championship Horse Show
Louisville Zombie Walk
African Heritage Festival


National Bourbon Heritage Month
Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown)
Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival
Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience
Louisville Brewfest
Louisville Pride Festival
Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle
National Jug Band Jubilee
NuLu Festival
Bourbon & Beyond
Louder Than Life


Garvin Gate Blues Festival
St. James Art Fair
Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Zoo
Ironman Louisville
Louisville's International Festival of Film
Louisville LGBT Film Festival


Festival of Trees and Lights
Light Up Louisville
North American Livestock Exposition & Championship Rodeo


Bardstown Road Aglow
Christmas Gifts and Décor Show
Lights Under Louisville
Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour


Louisville Boat, RV & Sport Show


Bourbon Classic
Louisville Jewish Film Festival
National Farm Machinery Show
Tailspin Ale Fest


Humana Festival of New American Plays
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
NuLu Bock
Beer Fest


Cherokee Triangle Art Fair
Kentucky Derby Festival
Thunder Over Louisville
Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/Marathon
Mint Julep Month


Kentucky Oaks
Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Reggae Festival
Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle
Abbey Road on the River

Posted on 2019-06-13 by Rocko Jerome | Courtesy Rendering