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A glimspe of the Shawnee Neighborhood

 
Shawnee Park is a municipal park in Louisville, Kentucky. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed 18 of the city's 123 public parks. Along with the rest of the city's Olmsted-designed park system, Shawnee Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

Shawnee Park was proposed in 1890 to be one of the three flagship parks in Louisville's new park system. All three were located on the geographic edges of the city, in Shawnee's case it was the western edge bordering the Ohio River. The land at the time was still mostly used for truck farms, but it was clear residential development was imminent even without the park. Shawnee was the slowest of the parks to develop, as much of the land was already owned by investors who figured they could increase the sale price by holding out.[2]

The city had to condemn the properties to acquire the land for park, and won its case in 1895. In 1896, the city began to create access to the park, another area in which Shawnee was lagging behind the other two parks. River Park Drive was paved in 1899, but the Broadway entrance remained unfinished until 1914.[2]

The Olmsted firm initially advised the city not to build a golf course at Shawnee Park due to the "grave danger to visitors in the park and especially the children" but demand was such that the course was built anyway in 1927.[3]

All three parks had the intended effect of spurring residential development near them. The interest was so great that developers found themselves advertising the parks rather than their own developments, as the highest prices would exist for the park perceived to be best. Dozens of subdivisions were built near Shawnee Park, and the neighborhood itself came to be called Shawnee.[4]

Shawnee Park was legally restricted to whites from 1924 to 1954, although park officials and police had a de facto policy of denying blacks access to the park for some years prior to that.[5] The only sizable park blacks were allowed access to was nearby Chickasaw Park, which many people entered by traveling through Shawnee.[6]

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Neurotoxic Fogging!

Please, inform your friends, families, neighbors, and children about the neurotoxic pesticides which the city is planning to release into our neighborhoods of Russel, Shawnee, Parkland, Churchill... more
Started: August 28th 2012Replies: 1

Redeemer Lutheran Church Health Fair

Dear all, Saturday June 23, 2012 from 10am to 3pm , Redeemer Lutheran Church 3640 RiverPark Drive will host its Annual Block Party and Health Fair. Free medical services include mammograms ( to... more
Started: June 19th 2012Replies: 1

New website

I am very excited about the new Shawnee Neighborhood Association's website. There is so much potential to finally connect many groups in and around our area. more
Started: January 14th 2008Replies: 0

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