Eric Burnette is a writer with a law degree and a Master’s degree of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.
He lives in Louisville with his wife and two children. They visit Olmsted’s parks frequently.
Please join us for a reading and book signing for his new book about Louisville’s celebrated Olmsted Parks.
"Eric Burnette’s book “Parks for the People! Frederick Law Olmsted in Louisville” tells how the system was devised and implemented during the turn of the 20th century. [Burnette was interviewed for the documentary.] Although the motives of the Louisville park commissioners were not always thoroughly civic-minded, and often, in fact, pitted landowners against one another in pursuit of profit, the end result was arguably the most complex and naturally diverse urban park system in the country."
Based on years of original research, Eric Burnette's engrossing history of Louisville's Olmsted Parks weaves a tale of artistry and ecology, wealth and power, dirty politics and public service, whose echoes reverberate to this day. When Frederick Law Olmsted first came to Louisville, it was a cramped, chaotic city, shrouded in a haze of coal smoke.