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Central Park, Louisville

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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3.5/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
Central Park is a 17acre municipal park maintained by the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Located in the Old Louisville neighborhood, it was first developed for public use in the 1870s and referred to as "DuPont Square" since it was at that time part of the Du Pont family estate.During the Southern Exposition in 1883, 13 of the park's 17acre were temporarily "roofed in" and used to showcase Thomas Edison's light bulb, one of the first large-scale public displays of the light bulb in the world. In 1885 the park was unroofed, and was instead used as an outdoor exposition, with an Edison designed electric trolley line transporting visitors around the park to see such sites as a roller coaster, bicycle trails, and an art museum surrounded by a lake.By 1904 the entire Du Pont family had moved to Wilmington, Delaware, so they sold the park to the city of Louisville for $297,500. The city enlisted famed architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who designed New York City's Central Park and had already designed an entire park and parkway system for the city of Louisville, to plot the new park. Olmsted had a large open air shelter with a colonnade built on top of the hill where the art museum had once stood, along with a wading pool and athletic fields on the side. The original walking trails were kept in place.In the 1970s the open air shelter was enclosed and used to house a police station and a neighborhood information center. In 1976 an amphitheater and wooden playhouse were built. The new playhouse was used to host the free annual summer performances of William Shakespeare's works, which had been held in the park since 1960. Since 1988 the annual event has been called the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and is still free to the public.
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  • I don't think I would drive to see this. It is near the mansions. If you are in the area you might drive by, but I certainly would not go out of my way. 
  • Walked by the park on our way to St James, then around the perimeter look at all the old homes. It looked nice, the is a police substation actually in the park. On our way back to our B&B Shakespeare ...  read more »
  • What a beautiful, quiet park! After we enjoyed a educational and interesting tour through The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, just across the street, then headed to Central Park for a little birding and...  read more »
  • Shakerspear in the park performs here every summer! Alot of fun and if they kids get bored you can take them to the play ground or fountain to cool off.
  • Lovely park in the old Louisville area of the city. Fine old Victorian houses surrounding a beautiful leafy park with tennis and basketball courts. I saw Shakespeare in the Park here which was a real treat one summer's evening. A lovely shady oasis.
  • Beautiful. Great for long walks with dog, a friend, or just yourself. Has a medium-sized outdoor theater and very nice tennis courts.
  • Been going here for years. Absolutely love Shakespeare in the Park! ❤🎭
  • Beautiful park, love walking my dog here
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