BEARGRASS PRESERVE MASTER PLAN
Beargrass Preserve is a unique opportunity to add onto Cherokee Park and create a community destination.
Olmsted Parks Conservancy (OPC) is developing a master plan for its newest park, Beargrass Preserve. The future site of Beargrass Preserve is located adjacent to Louisville's Alta Vista neighborhood, Cherokee Park, and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Currently, this 25-acre site is home to scenic wooded trails, a grassy hilltop, limestone cliffs, and a section of Beargrass Creek's middle fork.
For years, this property was part of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's campus and was purchased by OPC in 2021. Now, the dedication of Beargrass Preserve brings with it an unprecedented opportunity. Not only will this park be the first major extension to Cherokee Park since it was originally completed, but it also offers an opportunity to fulfill Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for Louisville's park system.
The Beargrass Preserve Master Plan should be completed by the end of 2023. Currently, the project is in the first phase, "Learn." OPC and its consulting team are working to perform an inventory and analysis of the existing site features to ensure the final master plan suits the physical, cultural, and historical context of Beargrass Preserve. The below timeline offers a general project schedule. To learn more about the specific details of upcoming events and project updates, please visit the below "Tell Us" and "Learn More" sections.
To ensure Beargrass Preserve is a welcoming and enjoyable place for all, local community members are encouraged to get involved in the design process. By attending public meetings, providing your feedback and ideas through the interactive map, or participating in other future engagement opportunities, you can help guide Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the project team to ensure Beargrass Preserve offers a high-quality recreational experience for years to come. Click on the icons below to learn more about different ways you can offer your input.