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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 km²) 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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  • This is an amazing experience of lights, sounds and artistry. I've been three years in a row now and it's different each year. The talent of the pumpkin carvings is mind blowing and it all comes toget...  more »
  • Unbelieveable!! A must see!!! Everyone needs to take time to go see this! There are pumpkins of every size as far as the eye can see. The path to walk through is very well done so that you don't miss ...  more »
  • We went on a cool rainy night and that ended up being the perfect time. Not a big crowd there that has been reported before, so we could take our time and see the beautiful artistry. The trees provide...  more »
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  • The jack o'lantern extravaganza was amazing. We had such a good time There were so many pumpkins! It was set up so beautifully, the lines were quick, & the workers were friendly. Great experience!
  • Love Iroquois Park. Have been going there since I was a child. Took my now adult son there as a child. Love the Amphitheater and the Lookout there as well!
  • The pumpkin walk was really cool to look at. If you've never been you should go. Parking is adequate and you can buy food and snacks and beer or hard liqour. The price was reasonable and I'd go again. The amphitheatre was nice and spacious too.
  • Love hiking here. Never see the same place twice. Disc golf course is pretty awesome too!!. Pet friendly!
  • Went to the Jacko lantern Spectacular, it was very Halloween festive! ! Wonderful display of art and pumpkin carvings. Music was also good throughout the park!

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