Chickasaw Park

This sixty-one acre site was designed by the Olmsted Firm in 1923.

It is complete with winding paths, picnic pavilions, and the only free clay tennis courts in the region.

The park land was formerly the country estate of political boss John Henry Whallen before it was acquired in 1921. The park plan was not fully implemented until the 1930s.

When the other Frederick Law Olmsted Parks in Louisville were closed to the black community in 1924, Chickasaw was the only one that remained open to them until the parks were desegregated in 1954.

Key Features & Amenities

  • Ballfield
  • Basketball
  • Biking - Road
  • Fish w/ River Frontage
  • Grill
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Lodge
  • Louisville Loop Access
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Table
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • River Frontage
  • Sprayground
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
Fred Facts
Totaling 1200 acres, the parks were designed to offer a complete range of park experiences as defined by Olmsted, from civic gatherings and social interactions to organized athletics and personal recreation.

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