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A Birthday Present Fit for Fred
Landscape Architects Celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted’s
190th Birthday With Tree Planting in Cherokee Park
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (April 23, 2012) Volunteers from the Kentucky chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (KYASLA) will celebrate National Landscape Architecture month by planting trees in Cherokee Park Thursday, April 26.
The landscape architects chose April 26 in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birthday. “Frederick Law Olmsted would have 190 candles on his cake this year,” said Mimi Zinniel, executive director of Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “What better tribute to his genius than to plant new growth and beautiful shade trees in his honor.”
About twenty volunteers will plant three Basswood trees, large canopy trees, that will eventually provide shade for park visitors. Cherokee Park is one of 18 Olmsted designed parks in Louisville.
Trees will be planted from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, April 26, in Frisbee Field along the Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park. Parking will be at Dog Run on Cochran Hill Road.
“Parks are incredible natural resources and instant memory makers for everyone who uses them,” said Sarah S. Kopke-Jones of KYASLA and Environs Inc. “As landscape architects we are naturally drawn to the outdoors and look forward to digging in to create a fresh new look for part of the Scenic Loop.”
About Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1989 to enrich the life of everyone in our community by restoring, enhancing and preserving the historic Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, Louisville’s great natural and recreational assets. The Conservancy provides planning and funding for park improvements through donations from corporations, individuals and foundations. For more information, visit www.olmstedparks.org.
About the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
The Kentucky chapter of ASLA represents the state for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing 17,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters. The Society’s mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.