Parks and Recreation, Councilwoman Armstrong to host public meetings on the future of Cherokee Golf Course

April 08, 2022

Louisville Parks and Recreation and Councilmember Cassie Chambers Armstrong are hosting two public meetings in April to discuss the future of Cherokee Golf Course. Cherokee Golf Course was founded in 1895, four years after the design firm of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and the city of Louisville established Cherokee Park. The city of Louisville currently has 10 municipally owned golf courses.

Cherokee, one of three nine-hole courses in the system, is currently being operated by Louisville Parks and Recreation staff and is the only course without a lease agreement with a PGA professional or non-profit organization. Attempts to bid out the management of the course did not yield any viable options. 

During that process, Parks and Recreation received a proposal from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to enhance Cherokee Park by making improvements and investments to revitalize the golf course property into active and diverse parkland. Attendees of the public meetings will be introduced to this idea and be able to share their feedback.

Parks and Recreation officials stress that no decisions on the future of the course have been made or will be made at these public meetings. Receiving input from the community is the first step in the process, and any decisions must follow the existing ordinance, 42.44. That process concludes with any proposed changes to the course being approved by Metro Council.

Receiving public input on the future of Cherokee Golf Course will be the only item for discussion. Comments regarding the future of Cherokee Golf Course and course operations may also be provided by e-mail to [email protected].

Public meetings:

* Wednesday, April 20, 6-7 p.m. – Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Blvd., 40205

* Monday, April 25, 6-7 p.m. – Cherokee Golf Course Clubhouse, 2501 Alexander Road, 40204

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About Louisville Parks and Recreation Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 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. The department, under the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer, is committed to ensuring equity in parks and recreation. We are dedicated to offering those seeking nature rich experiences greater access to the outdoors, no matter where they live. This has led Louisville Parks and Recreation to expand the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, Louisville’s Engaging Children Outdoors (ECHO) programming and most recently, we became the third city in the country to launch an equity review of all its city-owned parks and facilities. bestparksever.com

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