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Alberta O. Jones Park sets opening day

The new music-themed park in the California neighborhood includes a playground, great lawn, pavilion, and more.

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Alberta O. Jones Park is located at 744 S. 23rd St. in the West End.

Photo by Parks Alliance of Louisville

Parks Alliance of Louisville is ready to show off its latest project — the Alberta O. Jones Park. City officials + community members will cut the ribbon on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

The new public park is named after pioneering attorney and civil rights activist Alberta Odell Jones, whose first law office was just blocks from the park’s location in the California neighborhood.

Guided by community feedback, the first phase of the park takes up five acres of the ~20-acre site that sat vacant after a devastating 2009 flood.

Here’s what it includes:

  • Music-themed playground designed to inspire improvisational play
  • Performance pavilion with a photomosaic mural honoring Jones
  • Walking paths + fitness stations
  • Multi-purpose lawn for sports + events
  • Picnic pavilion with grills
  • Outdoor classroom

The Parks Alliance of Louisville also recently received a $472,700 award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to launch People-Powered Parks. The resident-driven program will create a community council to oversee Alberta O. Jones Park.