Our fall festival brought out the neighborhood

There were parents, kids, food, beer from our longtime corporate friend Monnik Beer Co. and entertainment by Squallis Puppeters and Squeeze-bot. A highlight was the formal unveiling of our new steps featuring District 8 Metro Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong, who arranged for the $10,000 Neighborhood Development Grant to pay for them.

Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong (left) joined park volunteers Jo Shipley and Brian Caudill in officially opening our new steps.

Save the date: Our park festival is coming this fall!

Come see the puppets!

This year’s Beechwood Park Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. We’ll have music from Squeeze-bot; beer from Monnik Beer Co.; entertainment by Squallis Puppeteers; a hot dog cart, and more.

And we’re planning a ribbon-cutting for our just-completed new steps, made possible by a $10,000 Neighborhood Development grant from District 8 Metro Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong.

We have two wonderful new additions to announce

Volunteers Brian Caudill and Ernst Trachsel working in the new pollinator garden.

First, we’re building a pollinator garden with a gift of native pollinator plants from Re-Wilding Louisville, a green initiative sponsored by Idlewild Butterfly Farm, Creasy Mahan Nature Preserve, and the Louisville Audubon Society, and funding from the Mayor’s Give A Day Foundation. The garden offers our neighbors, including Bloom Elementary School students and patrons of the Louisville Free Public Library Highlands-Shelby Park branch, a real-life example of the interdependency of nature and our food ecosystem. It also serves as a demonstration garden to encourage the establishment of pollinator gardens throughout the densely populated Highlands area of Louisville.

Blair Leano-Helvey of Idlewild and volunteer Jo Shipley picking up the plants.

Our other addition is a new set of limestone steps, completed earlier this month, that add a second entrance, and join the first entry built in 2018. The new steps were made possible by a $10,000 Neighborhood Development grant from District 8 Metro Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong (left).

Here’s a photo chronology of the work done by E-Z Construction:

New date: Join us for our annual Beechwood Park Spring Cleanup!

Because of a change in the weather forecast, we’ve moved our date to Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It’s still part of the Mayor’s Give A Day 2021. Beechwood Park is on Beechwood Avenue between Baxter and Bardstown Road adjacent to Mid-City Mall. We’ll provide gloves, face masks, hand sanitizer, and cleanup equipment. Come out and enjoy one of Louisville’s newest parks!