David L. Armstrong Improvement Project at Jefferson Memorial Forest

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Wilderness Louisville’s first capital campaign focuses on improving Jefferson Memorial Forest’s most visited destination, the Tom Wallace Recreation Area. The goal is to implement the recommendation of the 2009 Master Plan developed for Jefferson Memorial Forest. This area has been designated as the David L. Armstrong Improvement Project to create a safe, clean, environmentally sensitive, highly accessible, and fun space for all residents and visitors.

With some 6800 acres, Jefferson Memorial Forest is the Nation’s largest municipally-owned urban forest. The $6.5 million Improvement Project is the forest’s first major development since its formation in 1945 and creates natural lands for recreation offering full access and enjoyment to all, regardless of age or physical ability.

Further, the David L. Armstrong Improvement Project aligns with Mayor Greg Fischer‘s immediate strategic goals:

  • Improving community health and wellness
  • Improving educational attainment
  • Advancing inclusion and diversity
  • Expanding the availability of recreational opportunities for the 1.3 million residents of Metro Louisville

Learn more about this project with our viewbook.

How to Contribute

Wilderness Louisville invites your investment in creating a safe, clean, environmentally sustainable, fun space in the most visited area of Jefferson Memorial Forest, Tom Wallace Lake. Your gift of cash or stock will support honoring our veterans, while ensuring this legacy for generations to come.  Contribute online or send a check, payable to Wilderness Louisville, Inc., to:

Charlotte Caldwell
Treasurer, Wilderness Louisville
P.O. Box 456
Fairdale, KY 40118

Have questions about the capital campaign? Email Bennett Knox at bennett@wildernesslouisville.org.

Full Concept Plan for the Tom Wallace Lake Recreation Area with Nature Play area highlighted

Full Concept Plan for the Tom Wallace Lake Recreation Area with Nature Play area highlighted

Nature Play Area with key elements labeled

Nature Play Area with key elements labeled

Bryce Armstrong (left) with his father David L. Armstrong (right), a founder of Wilderness Louisville

Bryce Armstrong (left) with his father David L. Armstrong (right), a founder of Wilderness Louisville

A closer look at the right section of the Nature Play Area

A closer look at the right section of the Nature Play Area

A closer look at the left section of the Nature Play Area

A closer look at the left section of the Nature Play Area

A closer look at the lower middle section of the Nature Play Area that leads to the creek

A closer look at the lower middle section of the Nature Play Area that leads to the creek

A view of the Nature Play Area from the northwest corner

A view of the Nature Play Area from the northwest corner

Rendering of Bee Lick Creek and it's connection to the Nature Play Area

Rendering of Bee Lick Creek and it’s connection to the Nature Play Area

Rendering of a slide in a more natural setting, nestled between boulders for an elevation change

Rendering of a slide in a more natural setting, nestled between boulders for an elevation change

The wetland area within the Nature Play Area, showcasing the ease of access no matter one's ability

The wetland area within the Nature Play Area, showcasing the ease of access no matter one’s ability

A bird's eye view of the Nature Play Area

A bird’s eye view of the Nature Play Area

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