Construction on updated sports complex at Iroquois Park to begin next week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 14, 2023) – Upgrades to the tennis court area at Iroquois Park will begin Monday, September 18. The four tennis courts residing at Iroquois Park will close indefinitely on Monday, September 18, as construction on a new set of sports courts is set to begin. The project will replace the tennis courts currently in the park with four pickleball courts, two new tennis courts and a futsal court.
Louisville Parks and Recreation, with help from Olmsted Parks Conservancy, conducted a public input process last fall that included in-person meetings and an online survey after it was announced $500,000 would be included in the FY 2024 budget for improvements. The funding is being provided from American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding.
“We knew from the beginning we wanted to put the future of the tennis courts at Iroquois Park in the community’s hands and are so excited for this project to begin. By upgrading the tennis courts along with adding on pickleball courts and a futsal court, we hope to expand the recreational opportunities for all people who visit the park,” Interim Director Ozzy Gibson said.
Tennis Technologies Inc. has been contracted to complete the project. Starting Monday, crews will mobilize equipment to the site, install construction entrances additional measures, and begin demolition of the fencing around the tennis courts.
The basketball courts at Iroquois Park will remain open during the construction process, as they are located near the tennis courts. Louisville Parks and Recreation is looking into the possibility of also upgrading those courts as part of this project. An update will be given immediately if the basketball courts will also close for renovations. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2024.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION
Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages more than 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land and operates recreation programs for area residents of all ages and abilities through its 14 community centers. The department’s inventory also includes 10 golf courses; the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center and four outdoor pools; the David Armstrong Extreme Park; two historic homes; the historic Iroquois Amphitheater performance venue; and the nation’s largest municipally owned urban forest, Jefferson Memorial Forest. More details on the department’s people and programs can be found at bestparksever.com.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE PARKS CONSERVANCY
Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s historic 17 Olmsted Parks and 6 Parkways. Working as a non-profit partner with Louisville Parks and Recreation, the Conservancy provides planning and funding for park improvements and natural areas management through donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. In their 34-year history, Olmsted Parks Conservancy has overseen more than $50 million of investment in Louisville’s Olmsted-designed park system.