The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 29, Issue 10

October 2008   

Remnants of Hurricane Ike Pummeled Central Park
By Herb Fink

The remnants of Hurricane Ike, with 70+/- m.p.h. winds did extensive damage to our Central Park.

As Ike’s winds mauled the entire community, several areas in Central Park became unrecognizable. On the south side of the Park a 46” (diameter) Osage Orange was uprooted and fell onto a number of other major trees including a 38” Hackberry. These trees fell over the walks and resembled a jungle, but the adjacent post light remained untouched.

Behind the Shakespeare stage another 32” Overcup Oak snapped about 20’ up and revealed a cavity with an active beehive. Part of the beehive was within the tree trunk on the ground and part within the stump. The bees shuttled back and forth and the spectators stayed at a distance.

The uprooted 56” Tree of Heaven down by the tennis courts revealed a hollow truck big enough to crawl through.

Central Park lost 6 major trees and others may have to be removed.

Several trees were stripped of their limbs and one tree was completely defoliated.

Three Ornamental Pear trees were on the ground in Central Park, but the park had no pear trees.

L.G.&E. wires were down along Park Avenue and they started a fire in one of the trees near 4th Street. The electricity was gone at the Information Center and at the LMPD 4th Division police station.

Many folks with their pets just walked around the park in silence - shaking their heads. The remains will be removed and new trees will be planted and we will remember how it was.

See Dick Callaway’s article below.



Is Old
Going to
the Dogs?

TTNA members have been discussing the possibilities of organizing a dog park in Old Louisville for quite sometime. Dog parks connect neighbors, provide a safe and clean place for dogs to play, socialize and make good use of area parks, which may be under-utilized.

With the opening of the Cochran Hill Dog Park and Tom Sawyer Dog Park, TTNA members are excited about the possibilities of working towards making Old Louisville the next neighborhood to have an urban dog park.

TTNA members have met with Brian Davis, President of the Louisville Dog Run Association (LDRA), to discuss working together to support a dog park in the Old Louisville area.

TTNA met with Mr. Jerry Brown from the Metro Parks Department on June 17th to talk about working together to establish a plan for a dog park. They will present the idea at the next OLNC meeting. (Oct. 28)

If you would like more information regarding plans to put a dog park in the OLNC area or want to give input and ideas, attend the next meeting or email TTNA at Jodi Bessinger: [].

TTNA=Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association, OLNC= Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

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Need some help in the garden? We’ll do the work for you! Weeding, planting, mulching, deadheading, light pruning, etc.
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Why Central Park Matters
Part I

By Dick Callaway

Since this is the first article of a series, it made sense to me to begin at the beginning, a hundred years ago and work forward, recounting what Central Park has meant over the years.

But Sunday, September 14 - the day before press time -changed everything. That early fall Sunday - pleasant at its dawn, but with a storm gathering by noon - turned out to be a day that doubtless changed the Park more than any single day in its history. It also changed the Central Park Master Plan, because we now need unanticipated funds for a major relief effort. At least six very large - perhaps original - trees were lost, only the latest in a string of monumental ones to fall in recent years. Several others were severely damaged, possibly  to a life-threatening extent. And many more suffered some damage.

Restoration needs to begin as soon as possible. And neither Friends of Central Park or Louisville Metro Parks has the money for this essential step.

I (Dick Callaway) am a former Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and current chair of the Friends of Central Park. This is the first article of a planned series on “Why Central Park Matters”. It is vital to restore, preserve, and maintain the Park through implementation of the Central Park Master Plan.

Trees are a big part of what makes the park matter. Forested city parks provide perhaps the only urban opportunity to wander at will in a large shielded area and think, meditate, exercise, or simply relax. Trees provide shelter in winter, beauty in spring, shade in summer, and color in fall. Trees are, strictly speaking, a renewable resource, but when I consider that even the youngest user of the Park likely will not live to see a tree planted today reign in its full splendor, the word “renewable” seems to lose some of its meaning.

Friends of Central Park has planted at least twenty new trees in the last two-three years, but this is only a beginning. New trees and better tree management were already an important part of the Plan, but that part now will need to be expanded and moved, if possible, to the head of the line.

Let me assure you that I did not envision this series of articles as a  direct request for financial support. Truth be told, I hoped they would create a more favorable climate for it, but we had (and have) other ideas for fund-raising. The present need is so urgent, however, I’m going to suggest that you send as much as your heart and purse allow. Checks may be written to Friends of Central Park or the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy and directed to the Old Louisville Information Center, 1340 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY 40208.

My time is up, but next month I hope to be talking about a second surprise that fell into my lap that memorable Sunday. Then maybe we can get around to beginning at the beginning.

Central Park may not ever again look the way it did on Saturday, September 13. But I believe that if we get behind the renewal effort, there is a real possibility that it can look better.

There is a place for every one of you in this undertaking!

Thank you for listening.

Yard Service
Mowing, Trimming, Blowing, Raking, Tilling, and Small Tree Service.
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Garvin Gate Blues Festival
October 10-11, 2008
Oak St. @ Garvin Pl.
Free Admission

Friday, 6:30-11 p.m.

6:30 Louisville School of Rock

7:00 Pure Gravel Blues Band

8:15 Robbie Bartlett

9:30 Nick Moss & The Flip Tops


Saturday, 2:30-11 p.m.

2:30 Louisville School of Rock

3:00 The Leisure Thieves

4:15 Da Mudcats

5:30 Sue O’Neil and Blue Seville

6:45 The Walnut Street Blue Band

8:00 The Cincinnati Blues Man, Mr. Keith Little

9:30 Eddy The Chief Clearwater

Jimmy’s Music Center perform both days between sets

Sponsored by: Louisville Metro Government Councilman

George Unseld, Budweiser, Don Driskell/

Catalyst, Zena’s, Syl’s Lounge, Stevie Ray’s Blues

Bar, Kentuckiana Blues Society,

Louisville School of Rock,

B.C. Plumbing,

Jimmy’s Music Center,

O’Shea’s, WFPK 91.9,

Tom Kent Sound, Rudyard Kipling,

Oak Street Hardware,

“The Gallery” at 133,

Dismas House,

South 4th St. Assoc.,

Doug Keller, Don Keeling,

Roberto Bajandas,

Tom Isbel

Eugene Thomas was hard at work recently, taking up debris and cleaning the sidewalk and gutter adjacent to his home at 1028 S. 6th St. - corner of 6th and Zane. Eugene, an artist, and his wife Caroline, as administrator with Louisville Metro Government, have been residents of Limerick since 2005.


W. St. Catherine’s Victorian Ghost Walk

October 24, 25 & 26

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Depart Conrad-Caldwell House

1402 St. James court

Louisville, KY 40208

Contact: 502.635.5244

Come and join the West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood Association as they explore the haunted history in America’s grandest Victorian neighborhood this fall. Roam the streets with ghostly guides as you tour reportedly haunted houses and hear first-hand accounts of other worldly goings-on. Keep the past alive while enjoying beautiful architecture and spine-tingling tales at an event that is sure to be a highlight of your Halloween season this year!

* Tours depart every 15 minutes

* Ticket price: $25 per person

$20 in advance

All proceeds go to the West St. Catherine Street Lighting Project.



Twenty-two University of Louisville students completed their orientation week activities by doing community service work in undertaking improvements in Central Park and in the 6th St. and Myrtle area.

Guidance and direction was provided for the students by Old Louisville residents Jed Johnson, Bob Bajandas, and Herb Fink.

University of Louisville students participating in the work session and their home communities included the following:

Anna Roeder - Michigan

Victoria Cuneo - New York

Sean Spille - Northern Kentucky

Brittany Zimmerman - Northern


Dashia Day - Northern Kentucky

Curtis Creekmore - Louisville

Michael Razeeg - Louisville

Stacy Brammer - Elizabethtown

Johnathan Bender - Northern Kentucky

Rachael Berberich - Northern


Sierra Ashlay - Louisville

Rachel Osterhies - Northern Kentucky

Molly Anderson - Missouri

Margaret Brendle - Ner Jersey

Michael Simpson - LaGrange, Ky.

Amy Fussenegger - Louisville

Brian Andrews - San Diego, Ca.

Alison Cos - Elizabethtown

Anna King - Bowling Green

Emily Spencer - Shepardsville

Kelsery King - Louisville

Katie Adamchik - Louisville

Restoration & Remediation
Masonry Historic Painting
Mold remediation
Tuck pointing Cornice repair
Detecting, cleaning
Waterproofing & caulking wood repair Removal & Stucco Plaster treatment

Dennis Bolton
502-582-2833 office
502-648-7682 cell
785 S. Shelby St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40203


Saturday, November 22, 2008


Cherokee Road Runners will have their annual fall 5K run through scenic Central Park, at Fourth and Magnolia Streets (downtown Louisville), on Saturday, November 22, 2008. In addition to the 5K run, we will have a noncompetitive 2-mile walk beginning on St. James Court. This is one of the club’s oldest races and will mark our 30th Year.

Please join us this year as we come together at this time of thanksgiving to help feed the homeless by supplementing the entry fee with canned goods which will be donated to the West End Baptist Church near Central Park. Make this into a family event, as we count our many blessings and at the same time share with others in need.

After the race, there will be an awards ceremony and we will have post race goodies to feast on. So, please come out and support this race. I know your heart will be blessed in your giving to others and in addition, you will have fun and a great run!

Applications will be available at the Old Louisville Information Center. As of press time, the application fees have not been set. We will also have tee shirts available this year..

As always, volunteers are needed to put on this race. For information and/or to help out, please contact Race

Directors: Dianne Ernst at 425-6798 or Donna McCabe at 495-1615.


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