Shawnee Park

The 1892 Olmsted plan for Shawnee used the low-lying riverfront setting and topography of the land as inspiration for the park’s design.

The two principal features of the park are the concourses that afford extensive views and the expansive Great Lawn, a signature Olmsted design feature. Intended as Louisville’s spot for large formal gatherings, the Great Lawn is enclosed with border plantings and a tree-lined circular drive. This open space was adaptable for both large gatherings and sports uses. The park contained the only formal garden in Louisville’s system and for a time employed full time gardeners.

Key Features & Amenities

  • Ballfield
  • Basketball
  • Biking - Road
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Grill
  • Lodge
  • Louisville Loop Access
  • Path
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Table
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restrooms
  • River Frontage
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wheelchair Accessible Playground
Fred Facts
The 1974 tornado destroyed eighty percent of Cherokee Park’s hardwood trees and galvanized new support for restoring the parks.

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