It’s been a long and grueling tournament, but championship day is finally here. The championship poll will close the morning of April 9th.
(The Championship poll has ended, visit the results page.)
Iroquois vs. Creason
By now (if you’ve been following the Parks Madness tournament) you are at least familiar with Iroquois and Joe Creason Park. But which park deserves to be the 2012 Parks Madness champion?
Iroquois Park was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a “scenic reservation” of forested hillsides and breathtaking vistas. The park features the WPA-era Iroquois Amphitheater, an open-air theater that accommodates 2,407 people. Acquired in 1888, Iroquois Park includes a network of pedestrian paths, bridle trails, and circuit drives. The lands were set aside as a preserve and developed for access and enjoyment with the forests remaining essentially intact.
Joe Creason Park is the remainder of the former Ben Collings Estate, which was assembled from several pieces of two large estates that were founded almost 200 years ago. Ben Collings died in 1951. His wife, Bess, inherited the estate at his death, and sold off about half to private interests, and to the Archdiocese of Louisville. After she died in 1965, Bellarmine University purchased the remainder of the estate. And in 1966, the city paid Bellarmine approximately $600,000 for 68 acres, including the mansion.
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