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 10
Remnants of Hurricane Ike Pummeled Central Park
By Herb Fink
The remnants of Hurricane Ike, with 70+/- m.p.h. winds did extensive
damage to our Central Park.
As Ike’s winds mauled the entire community, several
areas in Central Park became unrecognizable. On the south side of
the Park a 46” (diameter) Osage Orange was uprooted and fell onto a
number of other major trees including a 38” Hackberry. These trees
fell over the walks and resembled a jungle, but the adjacent post
light remained untouched.
Behind the Shakespeare stage another 32” Overcup Oak
snapped about 20’ up and revealed a cavity with an active beehive.
Part of the beehive was within the tree trunk on the ground and part
within the stump. The bees shuttled back and forth and the
spectators stayed at a distance.
The uprooted 56” Tree of Heaven down by the tennis
courts revealed a hollow truck big enough to crawl through.
Central Park lost 6 major trees and others may have
to be removed.
Several trees were stripped of their limbs and one
tree was completely defoliated.
Three Ornamental Pear trees were on the ground in
Central Park, but the park had no pear trees.
L.G.&E. wires were down along Park Avenue and they
started a fire in one of the trees near 4th Street. The electricity
was gone at the Information Center and at the LMPD 4th Division
Many folks with their pets just walked around the
park in silence - shaking their heads. The remains will be removed
and new trees will be planted and we will remember how it was.
See Dick Callaway’s article below.
TTNA members have been discussing the
possibilities of organizing a dog park in Old Louisville for
quite sometime. Dog parks connect neighbors, provide a safe and
clean place for dogs to play, socialize and make good use of
area parks, which may be under-utilized.
With the opening of the Cochran Hill Dog Park
and Tom Sawyer Dog Park, TTNA members are excited about the
possibilities of working towards making Old Louisville the next
neighborhood to have an urban dog park.
TTNA members have met with Brian Davis,
President of the Louisville Dog Run Association (LDRA), to
discuss working together to support a dog park in the Old
TTNA met with Mr. Jerry Brown from the Metro
Parks Department on June 17th to talk about working together to
establish a plan for a dog park. They will present the idea at
the next OLNC meeting. (Oct. 28)
If you would like more information regarding
plans to put a dog park in the OLNC area or want to give input
and ideas, attend the next meeting or email TTNA at Jodi
TTNA=Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood
Association, OLNC= Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.
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Why Central Park Matters
By Dick Callaway
Since this is the first article of a series, it made sense
to me to begin at the beginning, a hundred years ago and work forward,
recounting what Central Park has meant over the years.
But Sunday, September 14 - the day before press time
-changed everything. That early fall Sunday - pleasant at its dawn, but
with a storm gathering by noon - turned out to be a day that doubtless
changed the Park more than any single day in its history. It also changed
the Central Park Master Plan, because we now need unanticipated funds for
a major relief effort. At least six very large - perhaps original - trees
were lost, only the latest in a string of monumental ones to fall in
recent years. Several others were severely damaged, possibly to a
life-threatening extent. And many more suffered some damage.
Restoration needs to begin as soon as possible. And
neither Friends of Central Park or Louisville Metro Parks has the money
for this essential step.
I (Dick Callaway) am a former Chair of the Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council and current chair of the Friends of Central Park.
This is the first article of a planned series on “Why Central Park
Matters”. It is vital to restore, preserve, and maintain the Park through
implementation of the Central Park Master Plan.
Trees are a big part of what makes the park matter.
Forested city parks provide perhaps the only urban opportunity to wander
at will in a large shielded area and think, meditate, exercise, or simply
relax. Trees provide shelter in winter, beauty in spring, shade in summer,
and color in fall. Trees are, strictly speaking, a renewable resource, but
when I consider that even the youngest user of the Park likely will not
live to see a tree planted today reign in its full splendor, the word
“renewable” seems to lose some of its meaning.
Friends of Central Park has planted at least twenty new
trees in the last two-three years, but this is only a beginning. New trees
and better tree management were already an important part of the Plan, but
that part now will need to be expanded and moved, if possible, to the head
of the line.
Let me assure you that I did not envision this series of articles as a
direct request for financial support. Truth be told, I hoped they would
create a more favorable climate for it, but we had (and have) other ideas
for fund-raising. The present need is so urgent, however, I’m going to
suggest that you send as much as your heart and purse allow. Checks may be
written to Friends of Central Park or the Louisville Olmsted Parks
Conservancy and directed to the Old Louisville Information Center, 1340 S.
4th St., Louisville, KY 40208.
My time is up, but next month I hope to be talking about a
second surprise that fell into my lap that memorable Sunday. Then maybe we
can get around to beginning at the beginning.
Central Park may not ever again look the way it did on
Saturday, September 13. But I believe that if we get behind the renewal
effort, there is a real possibility that it can look
There is a place for every one of you in this undertaking!
Thank you for listening.
Mowing, Trimming, Blowing, Raking, Tilling, and Small
Call Joe at
635-1251 or 377-6600
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
October 10-11, 2008
Oak St. @ Garvin Pl.
Friday, 6:30-11 p.m.
6:30 Louisville School of Rock
7:00 Pure Gravel Blues Band
8:15 Robbie Bartlett
9:30 Nick Moss & The Flip Tops
Saturday, 2:30-11 p.m.
2:30 Louisville School of Rock
3:00 The Leisure Thieves
4:15 Da Mudcats
5:30 Sue O’Neil and Blue Seville
6:45 The Walnut Street Blue Band
Cincinnati Blues Man,
Mr. Keith Little
Jimmy’s Music Center perform both days between sets
George Unseld, Budweiser, Don Driskell/
Catalyst, Zena’s, Syl’s Lounge, Stevie Ray’s Blues
Bar, Kentuckiana Blues Society,
Louisville School of Rock,
Jimmy’s Music Center,
O’Shea’s, WFPK 91.9,
Tom Kent Sound, Rudyard Kipling,
Oak Street Hardware,
“The Gallery” at 133,
South 4th St. Assoc.,
Doug Keller, Don Keeling,
Eugene Thomas was hard at work recently, taking
up debris and cleaning the sidewalk and gutter adjacent to his
home at 1028 S. 6th St. - corner of 6th and Zane. Eugene, an
artist, and his wife Caroline, as administrator with Louisville
Metro Government, have been residents of Limerick since 2005.
W. St. Catherine’s Victorian Ghost Walk
October 24, 25 & 26
Depart Conrad-Caldwell House
1402 St. James court
Louisville, KY 40208
Come and join the West St. Catherine Street
Neighborhood Association as they explore the haunted history in
America’s grandest Victorian neighborhood this fall. Roam the
streets with ghostly guides as you tour reportedly haunted
houses and hear first-hand accounts of other worldly goings-on.
Keep the past alive while enjoying beautiful architecture and
spine-tingling tales at an event that is sure to be a highlight
of your Halloween season this year!
* Tours depart every 15 minutes
* Ticket price: $25 per person
$20 in advance
All proceeds go to the West St. Catherine Street Lighting
Twenty-two University of Louisville students
completed their orientation week activities by doing
community service work in undertaking improvements in
Central Park and in the 6th St. and Myrtle area.
Guidance and direction was provided for the
students by Old Louisville residents Jed Johnson, Bob
Bajandas, and Herb Fink.
University of Louisville students
participating in the work session and their home communities
included the following:
Anna Roeder - Michigan
Victoria Cuneo - New York
Sean Spille - Northern Kentucky
Brittany Zimmerman - Northern
Dashia Day - Northern Kentucky
Curtis Creekmore - Louisville
Michael Razeeg - Louisville
Stacy Brammer - Elizabethtown
Johnathan Bender - Northern Kentucky
Rachael Berberich - Northern
Sierra Ashlay - Louisville
Rachel Osterhies - Northern Kentucky
Molly Anderson - Missouri
Margaret Brendle - Ner Jersey
Michael Simpson - LaGrange, Ky.
Amy Fussenegger - Louisville
Brian Andrews - San Diego, Ca.
Alison Cos - Elizabethtown
Anna King - Bowling Green
Emily Spencer - Shepardsville
Kelsery King - Louisville
- Katie Adamchik - Louisville
Restoration & Remediation
Masonry Historic Painting
Tuck pointing Cornice repair
Waterproofing & caulking wood repair Removal & Stucco Plaster
785 S. Shelby St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
OLD LOUISVILLE 5000
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Cherokee Road Runners will have their annual fall 5K run
through scenic Central Park, at Fourth and Magnolia Streets (downtown
Louisville), on Saturday, November 22, 2008. In addition to the 5K run, we
will have a noncompetitive 2-mile walk beginning on St. James Court. This is
one of the club’s oldest races and will mark our
Please join us this year as we come together at this time of
to help feed the homeless by
supplementing the entry fee with canned
goods which will be donated to the
West End Baptist Church near Central Park. Make this into a
as we count our many blessings and at the same
time share with others in need.
After the race, there will be an awards ceremony and we will
have post race goodies to feast on. So, please come out and support this
race. I know your heart will be blessed in your giving to others and in
addition, you will have fun and a great run!
Applications will be available at the Old Louisville
Information Center. As of press time,
the application fees have not been set. We will also have tee shirts
available this year..
volunteers are needed to put on
this race. For information and/or to help out, please contact Race
Directors: Dianne Ernst at 425-6798 or Donna McCabe at 495-1615.
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