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Iroquois Park, Louisville

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Iroquois Park is a 739-acre municipal park in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Louisville's Cherokee Park and Shawnee Park, at what were then the edges of the city. Located south of downtown, Iroquois Park was promoted as "Louisville's Yellowstone". It is built on a large knob covered with old growth forest, and its most prominent feature are the scenic viewpoints atop the hill.The summit of Iroquois Park presents an all-at-once vista of the city of Louisville, seen from the south. A bronze plaque at the site demonstrates the plan of the city's park and parkway system as planned and executed by Olmsted's firm.The park features an amphitheater, basketball courts, 18-hole golf course, a disc golf course and a riding stable. Louisville Metro Parks and partner companies stage concerts, musicals, and other shows each summer at Iroquois Amphitheater.HistoryIroquois Park was one of the three major suburban parks created in the late 19th century in Louisville. In 1889, Mayor Charles Donald Jacob purchased Burnt Knob, a 313-acre (1.3 kmĀ²) tract of land 4 miles (6 km) south of the city, for $9,000, and was reimbursed by the city treasurer without approval from the city council or public referendum, meaning the original purchase was probably illegal. Jacob also negotiated with landowners between the city and the then-rural park to acquire the right of way for a 150-foot (46 m) wide "Grand Boulevard", today's Southern Parkway, which still leads to the park.
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  • Our two reasons for visiting in November - the Urban Bourbon Trail and the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular - which was beyond impressive - so many designs with amazing detail. You must visit! 
  • Iroquois Park is an excellent location to train for biking or running. There are several great hills that build endurance. Running around the bottom is a good 3 mile workout, adding a trip to the top ...  more »
  • I visited this park many times growing up in Louisville. Though I always appreciated the long trails, numerous basketball ahs tennis courts, and challenging municipal golf course, I never understood t...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot up top of the knob great sunsets very dog friendly sometimes you can hear banjo music playing LOL that's just me walking the dogs walking and a picking. If you hear banjo come on thru and hollar ..
  • We were there for the pumpkin spectacular. The carvings were amazing and beautiful, and most of the volunteers were great. The place was too packed, it was hard to get through. They let too many people in at a time and it lowered the experience.
  • The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Show. Amazing!
  • It is probably a very nice park. I went during their Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular and it was very crowded. It didn't feel like it was worth the multiple hour wait to get into the park.
  • Tonight going to Stephen King was my first time entering the park and amphitheater. I was sorely disappointed and will not return. We came early to the show. We had to park in a field, stand in line for 45 minutes but the worst was the seats and upper mezzanine. We had to sit in the non roofed section and it started storming. Granted, no one can predict the weather but at least put some speakers under the upper mezzanine so you can at least hear what's going on. I spent $32 of my hard earned money to neither hear or see Stephen King. Like going to the Derby and never seeing a horse. We got bored just standing there and left. Out into the rain again, no book and couldn't get out of the field we were parked in because we were blocked in. All in all, the entire experience was awful and a waste of time and money. We weren't the only ones with these issues and who left early. Please put more speakers in the upper areas for those who will be back. It surely won't be me. I took off work for this? So disappointed.