We can probably agree that New York’s Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted -- the unofficial God of park design -- is the most famous city park in the country. So guess which other city ol' Fred had a passion for? Yep, our very own ‘ville. Over a century ago, Olmsted designed a network of parks and parkways throughout the city, including some of Louisville’s most popular green spaces, like Cherokee and Iroquois Park. Leaving aside his masterpieces, our city is remarkably verdant. With well over 100 parks in the metro area, Louisville locals are spoiled rotten with beautifully designed and preserved green spaces, and the number of heart-healthy activities one can engage in is as lengthy as the number of parks our city boasts. So the next time you need to work off the Hot Browns and Old Fashioneds (like, today, let’s be honest), try exercise in the Louisville park system.
Get back into skateboarding at the David Armstrong Extreme Park
If we told you there was 40,000sqft of concrete surface Downtown, you’d probably go on a rant about the overabundance of parking lots in our city. But what if this massive swath of pavement included a 24ft full pipe and a wooden vert ramp? Yup, it’s time to break out that skateboard you attempted to master in middle school (you know you still have it) or dust off your BMX bike, and hit the David Armstrong Extreme Park! Open 24 hours a day, this park has been immensely popular since its 2002 opening, and is considered one of the best skateparks in the country, attracting visitors from various states 365 days a year.