A Reason To Run: Preserving Our Olmsted Parks

Photo By CRAIG DOOLEY | Contributing Photographer

Photo By CRAIG DOOLEY | Contributing Photographer

Several months ago I committed to running the Kentucky Derby miniMarathon – or at least doing my darndest to train for it – to raise awareness funds to support the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways.

The reason was simple: I spent half my life in the great outdoors of Michigan and after moving here, I found Louisville’s parks made me feel like I was home well before the city felt like, well, home. Stop by any one of them on a given day and you’ll see I’m not alone. Each year, thousands of people enjoy the park system, which is crucial to our health in so many significant ways.

I’m still not positive whether I’m going to run the mini, but I am committed to supporting the effort of Fred’s Team, which includes teachers from Portland Elementary.

If you want to show your support, too, for the gorgeous scenery and landscape we so often take for granted, please consider donating to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Heine Brothers and Vint Coffee have jumped on board to match every monetary gift (up to $5,000), and Fred’s Team is still accepting members for the April 28 road race. If you want to go the extra mile and run, please call Susan Ward at 502.802.0667. To make a donation, go to www.olmstedparks.org/fredsteam.

Regardless, I hope you take the time to enjoy The Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways. It’s quite a gift.

Contact The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Editor Angie Fenton at angie@voice-tribune.com, 502.551.2698, www.facebook.com/angiefenton2 or @angiefenton via Twitter.