Have you dreamed of making history?

We all have! And now we have a chance to be a part of the Louisville’s day of giving — an opportunity to unite our city around causes in which we truly believe, and help nonprofits connect to the larger community.

Give for Good Louisville logoWe need your help! Please join our campaign and donate to Beechwood Park. We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

Get ready to give! Starting at 12 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, visit our page at Give for Good Louisville and make a donation to us (plus any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in the community). You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 12.

If we have at least 30 unique donors we will be in the pool to share $40,000. All you need to do is donate any amount, even just $10.00. You can donate to other nonprofits as well. We would really appreciate your support!

Questions?

Like more information? Let us know by writing to Friends of Beechwood Park President Brian Caudill at brian.caudill@att.net. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

We’re now partnering with Bloom Elementary

Nature play area

Rendering of the nature-based play area for Bloom students.

The 550-student Highlands public school one block away plans to use the park in two ways:

  • An outdoor classroom for an interactive learning experience. With seating and an open central area, this space is designed to be a flexible area for education, events, and formal gathering within the core of the park.
  • Nature play area, incorporating elements of playgrounds and nature into a universal accessible space for children and adults to interact with nature. This area is designed for creativity and imagination.

The park would complement the hardscape play area now used by students on the school’s campus, just steps away on Lucia Street.

Bloom to Beechwood

Toast the park at our Octoberfest fundraiser at Monnik Beer

Monnik Beer glassPlease join us at Monnik Beer Co. in Schnitzelberg from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, for an Octoberfest event benefiting Beechwood Park. Our fundraiser will also coincide with Louisville Beer Week! Your $50 per-person donation will help us complete our next projects: the limestone step entrance, Children’s Nature Play Area (partnering with Bloom Elementary School) and fall planting of understory trees.

Buy tickets via our Eventbrite page.

Your donation will include Monnik’s Grassfed Burger Slider Bar with assorted toppings, fries and mixed greens, plus two beer selections. (A vegetarian option is available, too; please contact Brian at brian.caudill@att.net if you want this.) A yummy dessert selection is also included.

We will have a jazz trio, Palensky Lake Blaszynski, performing that evening.

Special thanks to Republic Bank for their generous sponsorship!

Gresham Smith swings a big spotlight on our park

Our award-winning architects at Gresham, Smith and Partners have now showcased our project in a gorgeous multimedia presentation. It tracks the nascent park’s history from the seedling of an idea nurtured by Highlands neighbors, to initial design, early rounds of fundraising, and last year’s construction groundbreaking.

Louis R Johnson cropped

Johnson

Combining virtual-reality video, illustrations, photos, and text, the presentation builds on Gresham Smith’s earlier marketing campaign. “A series of communication strategies were developed,” the firm says, “to assist Friends of Beechwood Park in refining their vision, creating a buzz within the community, leveraging private donations and grant funding, and taking the project from concept through to implementation.”

Project Manager Louis R. Johnson summarizes it best:  “This project represents a true grassroots effort of neighborhood communities coming together, wanting to inspire change, and then doing something about it in their own front yard.”

The presentation is called “A Grassroots Community Effort.” You can watch it here. And check out the virtual-reality video of the park’s master plan, which debuted at last year’s first Annual Beechwood Park Festival. It’s best viewed with a VR headset, but you’ll get a flavor of it in this YouTube version.

Don’t miss this year’s festival, where we’ll celebrate all the progress we’ve made in the past year developing our new pocket park in the Highlands near Mid-City Mall. Entrance is free, and the public is invited to join all the fun.

  • When: Aug. 11 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Where: in the park at 1620 Beechwood Ave.

We’ll feature a beer tent by Monnik Beer Co.ValuMarket‘s grill; music by Squeeze-botSquallis Puppeteers and other kids’s activities, plus much more.

Please visit our festival invitation on Facebook. And follow us on our Facebook community page.

Save the date: our second Beechwood Park Festival next month

Kids with chalk

Last year, kids had fun blowing big bubbles and making chalk drawings.

The second Annual Beechwood Park Festival will celebrate all the progress we’ve made in the past year developing our new pocket park in the Highlands near Mid-City Mall. Entrance is free, and the public is invited to join all the fun.

We’ll feature a beer tent by Monnik Beer Co.; ValuMarket grill; music by Squeeze-bot; Squallis Puppeteers, and other children’s activities, plus much more.

  • When: Aug. 11 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Where: in the park at 1620 Beechwood Ave.