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Central Park, Louisville

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Central Park is a 17acre municipal park maintained by the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Located in the Old Louisville neighborhood, it was originally the country estate of the DuPont Family. Early in its existence, the park was the site of the Southern Exposition, but later became mostly known for hosting the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and northern portions of the annual St. James Court Art Show.HistoryInterest in developing park space for Louisville's growing population arose in the late 1860s, but it wasn't until the DuPonts decided to open the front lawn of their estate to the public on June 15, 1872 that the city finally got its own park. Although open only during warm weather months, it was an instant sensation and became immensely popular. Citizens could enjoy Sunday picnics and fashionable strolls, evening concerts, fireworks displays, balloon ascensions, plays, and much more. The first known production of a Shakespeare play in the park took place on July 1, 1895 when a national touring company presented As You Like It in the area where the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's stage is now located.During the Southern Exposition in 1883, 13 of the park's 17acre were temporarily "roofed in" and used to showcase Thomas Edison's light bulb, one of the first large-scale public displays of the light bulb in the world. In 1885 the park was unroofed, and was instead used as an outdoor exposition, with an Edison-designed electric trolley line transporting visitors around the park to see such sites as a roller coaster, bicycle trails, and an art museum surrounded by a lake.
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  • Conrad castle. It was raining but I really wanted to go to the visitor's center. Right next to it is a police substation. The young lady was very cordial giving me a map of Old Louisville and offering...  more »
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  • This is a great city park! I love this Green space right inside old Louisville. This is a great place to go for walks, watch a play in summer, to picnic with family or play ball with friends. The park is well maintained by the local residents. All in all a great spot to visit.
  • Central Park is amazing! I absolutely loved walking my dog around its leisurely paths and she enjoyed it too! It's very scenic and full of the heady energy of nature.

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