By Walter Munday
William H. Britt Park was originally named MINI-PARK B by the City of Louisville and the Metropolitan Parks and Recreation Board in 1971 with a permanent name to follow.
Prior to becoming a park, the site formally consisted of many single family, bungalow-type, dwellings which were substandard and at the request of the neighborhood organization, the property was acquired and designed to meet the needs of the elderly residents who desired a passive open space.
It is across the street from Elliott Park, a 3.9 acre piece of land which provides multi-recreational facilities.
In 1975, following a request from Mary Green, a member of the Russell Area Council, MINI-PARK B was renamed in honor William H. Britt.
Mr. Britt was a strong and dedicated neighborhood leader in the Russell Neighborhood, and had spearheaded the efforts to create the park. Mr. Britt was one of original members of the Russell Area Council.
So… following a vote from the Louisville Board of Alderman, MINI-PARK B became William H. Britt Memorial Park.