Parks as Connectors

By Jason Cissell, Community Relations & Events Administrator
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There’s been a lot of research on the role of parks and recreation programs in bringing people together, from organizations like the Trust for Public Land.

That’s why we were proud to see so many who have made outstanding contributions to your Metro Parks system on Leadership Louisville’s list of “Louisville’s Connectors” — 128 trusted local leaders who get things done by encouraging collaboration. There were several people on that list who are actively working to make Louisville a City of Parks:

  • Tricia Burke, Greg Fischer and Carolyn Tandy, who serve as board members for the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, which is improving recreation opportunities for Louisvillians (Tricia is the chair).
  • Dan Jones and Sandra Frazier, who serve on the board of 21st Century Parks, which is developing a new system of parks along Floyds Fork (Dan is chairman and CEO).
  • Gill Holland and Mike Mays, board members at the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, along with their CEO, Mimi Zinniel. They work to restore, enhance and preserve our Olmsted-designed parks.
  • Christopher 2X, who has worked with us to build a new playground at the South Louisville Community Center through his Fight Crimes Against Children Partnership.
  • Ben Richmond, who has worked with us through the Louisville Urban League to make golf instruction available to children of diverse backgrounds.
  • Michelle Jones of Consuming Louisville, who uses her web site to encourage people to use and support their parks, and has taught us a lot about social media (she’s the reason we launched this blog!).
  • And, of course, Mayor Jerry Abramson, who launched the City of Parks initiative in 2005.

Not surprisingly, there are others on this impressive list who have supported parks through donations or past board service, including Henry Heuser.If you know one of these Louisville Connectors, please thank them for their dedication to Louisville’s parks and recreation programs. Or, leave your appreciation as a comment below, and we’ll pass it along.

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