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Causes: Environment, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: Restoring, enhancing and forever protecting louisville's olmsted-designed parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community's well-being.

Programs: The conservancy works in collaboration with louisville metro parks to develop master plans, and design capital projects, and review all outside proposals affecting the olmsted parks and parkways. Other planning and design services include historic research, selection of design standards, concept development, construction administration, and maintenance reviews. In some instances, such as the woodlands restoration, the conservancy actually manages and executes the project. Through the conservancy's active volunteer program, park champions, many individuals have contributed thousands of hours of work in the parks. Fifty-six percent of louisville metro residents are users of the three flagship parks - shawnee, iroquois, and cherokee; users of these and the other 15 olmsted parks are directly served by having enhanced parklands and environment. The conservancy operations span multiple calendar years and experience cyclicality. Fund raising campaigns are undertaken over multiple years. Once the funds are secured, the conservancy undertakes various multi-year capital projects in the olmsted parks in collaboration with metro parks. Looking at an annual overhead ratio for the conservancy is misleading due to these fluctuations in revenues and expenses. Normalizing this ratio over a 3-5 year time period is a more accurate representation of the overhead ratio for the multi-year operating cycle of the conservancy.

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