The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 29, Issue 7

July 2007    

Central Park Improvement Day
By Herb Fink

Volunteers spread leaf mulch around trees.

Rescheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2007, Old Louisville folks, Metro Parks workers, and Metro Works workers started arriving prior to 8:00 a.m. for coffee, doughnuts, and directions to get started.

15 truck loads of leaf litter were placed about trees with the help of 7 Parks Gators and 3 Works Bobcats.
The exterior facade of the Information Center and portions of the Police Building were cleaned and washed down.
Plant beds were cleaned and mulched.
The 6th St. Brick walkway was cleaned of debris, eroded sail, leaves, and weeds.
The park turf was seeded and fertilized.
New trees were planted.
The Colonnade was cleaned and the wisteria trimmed.
New mulch was distributed in the Children’s play area.
The stepping stone walkway was reset, broken step stones replaced, and sod placed about the stones.
A damaged portion of the 4th St. brick sidewalk was stabilized and repaired.
Sticks, stones, and miscellaneous debris was collected and disposed of.
At the end of the day, all agreed Central Park was stunning and all were proud of the accomplishments.

At noon, all workers gathered under the trees for the annual barbecue lunch, with all the trimming, which was prepared by Masterson’s and provided by Councilman George Unseld.
We want to thank all who contributed to the improvement of Central Park:
Funds were provided by:
Councilman George Unseld
2nd St. Neighborhood Association
Belgravia Court Neighborhood Association
St. James Court Neighborhood Association
1300 S. 3rd Neighborhood Association
Central Park West Neighborhood Association
3rd St. Neighborhood Association
Edward J. Miller Insurance Co.
4th St. Neighborhood Association
Materials & Services were donated as follows:
• Madonna Wilson did the graphic design for the Central Park Improvement Day announcement poster.
• Sandy Richardson, Spruce Hill Nursery and a resident of St. James Court provided a single -axle dump truck load of hardwood mulch for the plant beds.
• David Norton, Magnolia Bar & Grill provide 4 barrels of ice which kept the drinks cool.
• Louisville Metro Parks provided gators, tools, and personnel to operate the equipment.
• Jan Vogel and Bill Peake oversaw sign-in, name cards, and other provisions in the Information Center.

• Logistics for the noon lunch were provided by Marjorie Fink, Bill Peake, Irene Spicer, John Stewart and Sheela Anderson.
• Laura Ryan, Metro Parks, provided assistance to the volunteers regarding liability insurance and general coordination.
Volunteer workers are listed below by organization:
2nd St. Neighborhood Association
Jan Vogel, Stan Duffy, JoAnn Lockhart, Zane Lockhart, Jack Omac, Mari Griffin, Ginny Keen.
Central Park West Neighborhood Association
Candace Milligan, Denny Johnson, Jed Johnson, Allison Townsend, David townsend, Bob Bajandas, Charlie Baker, Anna Wolf, Missy Murphy, Mayra Bajandas.
Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association
Rose Nett, Fred Nett, Jon Villines, Beran Sterbenz.
4th St. Neighborhood Association
Sally Baker and her husband, Ed Turley.
W. St. Catherine Neighborhood Association
Rhonda Williams.
1300 3rd St. Neighborhood Association
Chuck Anderson, Ron Harris, Sheela Anderson, Dick Callaway.
Limerick Neighborhood Association
Walter Hutchins.
Ormsby Street
Ngun Gyong.
3rd St. Neighborhood Association
Bill Peake, Marjorie Fink, Herb Fink, Terry Hammond, William Settle.
Ouerbacker Ct. Neighborhood Association
Ric Poe, Joan Stewart.
Toonerville Neighborhood Association
Aaron Jent, Ken Herndon, Irene Spicer, Cynthia Morgan
St. James Court Neighborhood Association
Sandi Richardson
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
Doug Funney.
Action Landscape
Chris Burnett, Jose Gomez, Leno Ruiz.
Louisville Metro Works
Jerry Kimbler, Charles Morris, Donica Thomas, Dwight Chatman, Jeffrey Mitchell, Sr., Anthony Warren.
Louisville Metro Parks
James Rankins, Laura Ryan, Brian Haag, Mark Chaffins, Dana Feldkamp, Vicki Callahan, Jeff Luglan, Chris Myers, John Hugeby, Quillan Baines, H.C. Potter, Kulta Westmoreland.
Thank you! Central Park never looked better!

Don’t forget in July!
1st Sunday in Central Park Concert,
July 1, 4:00-5:30
Andrea Davidson and Tyrone Cotton
The Old Louisville Hidden Gardens Tour
July 7 & 8th!

14th Annual Old Louisville “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour

The Old Louisville Historic Preservation District will present its 14th Annual “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour on Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Gardening enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to tour a Victorian carriage house along with 8 private gardens as well as enjoy several special features. In order to make this truly a walking tour, the tour again concentrates on a relatively small area of this historic neighborhood, this year highlighting garden treasures along five blocks of South Third Street, Old Louisville’s grand boulevard.
Three additional locations will provide special attractions. The Garden Tour’s hospitality room in Haskins Hall at the Conrad-Caldwell House, where visitors may enjoy complimentary refreshments, will be the site of a silent auction, and in front of Haskins Hall, vendors will offer garden plants and other items for sale. The tour is again fortunate to have the support of Gayle Warren, owner of the DuPont Mansion B & B, 1317 S. 4th St., who will sponsor the fifth annual Art in the Garden, where several local artists will be painting from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days of the tour. Also, for the first time, members of the Greater Louisville Bonsai Society will exhibit miniature trees at the Kling Center, 219 W. Ormsby St.
As another first this year, just after tour hours on Saturday, July 7, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival invites visitors to enjoy some really good BBQ, drinks and entertainment in the garden of historic Landward House at the corner of Magnolia and Fourth Streets from 5 to 8 p.m. Bard BBQ tickets are $20 advance/ $25 day of event – no refunds. Advance tickets are available by calling the Festival Office at (502) 637-4933. Proceeds go to support free Shakespeare in Old Louisville’s Central Park (season June 21 – July 15). At 8 p.m., visitors may cross 4th Street to enjoy a free performance of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park.
With the support and backing of the non-profit Second Street Neighborhood Association membership, as well as sponsors and volunteers from many parts of Old Louisville and the Metro community at large, the Annual “Hidden Treasures” Garden Tour has been an Old Louisville event since 1994. During this time, the Garden Tour has showcased over one hundred gardens chosen for their excellence in landscape design and originality.
The primary goal of the Garden Tour is to benefit the entire Old Louisville community. The garden owners’ talents, efforts and dedication to fine landscaping contribute to the quality of life for all in the neighborhood as their gardens display urban landscapes that help to reduce air and noise pollution and decrease the effects of summer temperatures. Their gardens complement the aesthetics of the fine architecture and inspire the neighborhood’s beginning gardeners to create further green spaces. Proceeds from the Garden Tour will help improve and preserve this part of Louisville Metro’s heritage.
Garden Tour tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on days of the tour. As of June 1, advance discount tickets can be obtained through July 6th, by contacting the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park (1340 S 4th St., Louisville, KY 40208; Phone: 502-635-5244; or e-mail: Cash, check, or Visa/MC accepted. A fax order form may be downloaded from website. Tickets purchased by mail, phone, fax or on line should be picked up, along with maps, at the sales table in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 Saint James Court (at Magnolia Ave.). On-site tickets and maps also will be available at the sales table. Tickets are good for both days of the tour. No rain dates or refunds. Tour hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Because this is a walking tour, comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing are recommended. Expect a few steps at each location. Iced drinking water is available at each garden. Restroom facility locations are provided with the map.



Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
 47th season of Shakespeare
 in Central Park

June 20- Sneak Preview Measure for Measure
June 21-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8- Measure for Measure
July 13-15- Measure for Measure Shadow Sign Performances
July 10-11- The Taming of the Shrew
July 12- The Taming of the Shrew Shadow Sign Performance
July 10-15- Pre-show entertainment in the Kids’ Globe at rear of amphitheatre
July 12 & 14- Professional child care provided during performance in the Kids’ Globe
June 22-23, June 28-30, July 6-7, July 10-15- The Greenshow

Greenshow Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on select evenings.
Performances begin at 8:00 pm
More info at:


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Governors Scholars to Return to Central Park

Forty students of the Governors Scholar program will return on Saturday, July 14, 2007 to assist in making improvements to Central Park.
We plan to pickup where we left off regarding the Central Park Improvement Day efforts.
Old Louisville residents are invited and encouraged to join the students.
The students are entering their senior year in high school, have excelled in their studies and are coming from the many counties of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Olmsted Multi Use Path System Master Plan in Process

The original design of the Olmsted Parkway System provided linear corridors with a park like character that connected the parks (Cherokee, Algonquin, and Shawnee) and the neighborhoods of Louisville. In doing so, Metro Louisville is one of only 5 cities across the nation that created the integrated system of parks and parkways that embodies Olmsted’s concepts of city and park integration. The design of the Louisville Parks & Parkways provides residents with a feeling that they live in a “green metro”. It is a piece of public infrastructure that captures the unique aspects of the diverse Louisville landscape. The parkways serve to connect the system and in their own way offer a unique urban, scenic and recreational experience. They provide a greenway between Louisville’s neighborhoods and expand the character of the park system into the greater community.
Director of Metro Parks, Mike Heitz, has invited Herb Fink to participate in the planning process as a member of the advisory panel regarding the “Olmsted Multi Use Data System Master Plan”.
Herb says he is particularly interested in seeing the planning process bring the parkways (Eastern, Algonquin, Southwestern, Southern) and the multi use pathways together in the area of Stansbury Park or in South Central Louisville.

If it’s Wednesday – between 7:00PM and 10:00PM…we invite you to join us for a walk on Oak Street.

Initiated by Mr. Lee Jones of the Oak Street Hardware Store we have started to walk along Oak Street: it has been fun. We have offered to escort folks from the senior Homes, the Puritan, the Baptist Towers and the Hildebrand House. We’ve met old familiar faces/neighbors. We’ve met new ones as well.
The word is spreading by mouth and via a multilayer E-mail Tree.
From time to time special events are being offered by either the local restaurants or by others interested in making this a social success for all.
We are working on improving wheel chair access where it is needed.
Often we are joined by walking police officers when their time permits. Major Green is a very familiar face on the sidewalks of Oak Street, indeed.
Mostly we are having fun, we are getting exercise and we are irritating those unwanted elements/panhandlers. We are also patronizing our local businesses on Oak Street.
Please join us, won’t you?
Walk your dogs!
----Helga, Mr. Lee’s secretary or, as he calls me,
“his Wednesday Night wife”

Red Cross Needs YOU!

It’s easy to become a Red Cross volunteer, and we will work with you to find the area that best suits your skills. You can lend your services daily, weekly, monthly or as many hours as you are able to give.  You can easily make a difference in people’s lives every hour of the day when they need it most. Be a part of the American Red Cross legacy and help your community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Blood Service Volunteers for the American Red Cross:
• The Donor Receptionist/Greeter assists the Red Cross in accomplishing its mission by welcoming blood donors and providing a professional registration process for blood collection. Blood Drives are either at our downtown collection site or at community mobiles near you.
• The Canteen Worker assists donors by providing attention, care, and refreshments following their blood donation. Blood Drives are either at our downtown collection site or at community mobiles near you.
Contact Diana Keene via e-mail at or by phone (502) 561-3770 if interested in volunteer work.

New Tree Plantings in Central Park

Twenty-one new trees have been planted in Central Park this spring:
12 White Dogwoods
2 Overcup Oak
2 Redbuds
2 Buckeyes
2 Horse Chestnuts
1 Sassafras
All of the trees are of an approximate 3” caliper and 14’ to 16’ feet in height.
In that we are presently experiencing a severe drought (5” below normal annual rainfall) the new trees are being constantly watered. Herb Fink says the spigots have not been turned off since planting.
Generous donations for the trees have been received from:
Nancy and Tom Woodcock - $1,000
Anonymous donor - $1,000
The Sassafras was donated anonymously - $400-500 value
We thank these donors for their generous contributions, used to restore the future of Central Park.

Above: Bob Bajandas up a tree.


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