Renovations underway on Chickasaw Park pond in west Louisville
The 61-acre park is the only one of Louisville’s beloved Olmsted Parks that was specifically designated for Black residents. Opened in the 1930s, the Chickasaw Park pond is also the only public pond in the West End. While the park has undergone some restoration work in recent years, the pond was in desperate need of dredging and other maintenance. Metro Council set aside $2.5 million in federal COVID-19 funds for that purpose last April.
Metro Council member Donna Purvis, whose district includes Chickasaw Park, said at a press conference Monday that the renovation is long overdue.
“There’s a lot of history and a lot of love there [from the community],” Purvis said. “We’re finally getting some of the things we deserved for years: enhancements, introducing our children to nature, updating the lodge.”
The renovation of the pond is just one of a number of active projects in Chickasaw Park. The lodge, built in 1951, is getting a facelift. A new natural playground is being built along the Ohio River.