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Tyler Park getting $1.1 million in upgrades

The renovations will cost $1.1 million. | Courtesy of Olmsted Parks Conservancy

In late fall, workers for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation will begin $1.1 million worth of restoration work at Tyler Park.

“We are all pleased to see the start of this project as it will greatly improve the park for the neighborhood and its visitors,” said Layla George, president of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, in a post on the nonprofit’s website.

The 13-acre Frederick Olmsted-designed park, located along Baxter and Castlewood avenues near Eastern Parkway, was established more than a century ago in 1910.

Two tennis courts will become a half-sized basketball court and pickleball courts. | Courtesy of Olmsted Parks Conservancy

“The centerpiece is a historic bridge, which adds character to this loved neighborhood greenspace. Keeping in mind the park’s uniqueness, historic features and needs of today, a solid plan for restoration was created,” according to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy website.

The project is being funded by support from donors to an Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s fundraising campaign, Louisville Parks and Recreation, Louisville Metro Government, Mayor Greg Fischer and Councilman Brandon Coan, D-8, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy stated.

On the east side of the bridge, four tennis courts will be repaired and resurfaced, while two other tennis court will be turned into a half-sized basketball court and two pickleball courts. New picnic tables, benches, a rain garden and an infiltration basin will be added, and walking paths will be improved.

On the west side of the bridge, workers will move and update the playground and spray ground. A natural area playground, picnic tables, benches, a new restroom will be constructed as well. Ornamental fencing around the park will be restored, and more parking spaces will be added.

The master plan also includes a 24-person pavilion that is not funded currently, according to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Prior improvements to the park, funded by the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association, include a new walkway on the northeast side, more than 10 park benches and new trees and shrubs.

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