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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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  • 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 »
  • WOW. This is our second visit to the jack-0-Lateran extravaganza. Absolutely awesome. The pumpkin are incredible. It was worth the wait in line. I highly recommend the experience to anyone.  more »
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  • My favorite place for a challenging walk/run in the city. Paths and trails are wide and well maintained, though, the trailheads could be a little more well marked. Great playground and water park for kids. Play equipment, jungle gym included, is wheelchair accessible and there are adult size swings with secure, hard plastic harnesses for individuals with special needs.
  • A true sanctuary in the middle of the south end of Louisville. A wonderful place to run walk or bike. An expansive and large park with an amazing and recently updated over look area that overlooks the city. The amphitheater also host amazing show and talent as well.
  • A good place to bring the whole family. It's a decent sized park, for being in the middle of the city. It incorporates Iroquois hill, which is very large. It offers great views of the city, and many trails. There is also a small water park that consists mainly of fountains for the kids to cool off. There is plenty of space for kids' birthday parties, cookouts, etc. Also Iroquois amphitheatre, usually host to plays, concerts, book readings, free movies- (usually family oriented), etc. The list of events can usually be found in the paper or online.
  • Louisville's largest urban park. I enjoy seeing shows at the ampitheater and walking the recreation loop. There is also a nice disc golf course. If you go to the top of the hill, there is a nice view of the city.
  • Great place to spend day with your kids. My 2 year old loved the sprinkler. Will definitely be going more often...

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