Interview With Layla George, President, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Louisville, KY (Episode 107)

February 16, 2024

The City of Louisville, Kentucky, is one of only four cities in the world which can claim a system of parks designed by the Frederick Law Olmsted  and  his family firm of landscape architects. Now over 100 years old, these 17 parks are a treasure to the citizens of Louisville and to the nation.  The historic parks continue to serve their function and are an integral part of the fabric of that city.

Our guest, Layla George, is the President of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. This organization serves as a non profit partner to the City of Louisville working to protect and enhance these Olmsted Parks.

In this interview Layla gives us an orientation to the Olmsted Parks of Louisville. We discuss some major  projects as well as ongoing management challenges.

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About Mark

Mark Thomas Fraley is a lawyer (now retired) in Nashville, Tennessee (USA). Prior to starting law practice in 1987, Mark was active in the field of Parks and Recreation. He was the first Parks and Recreation Director for the cities of Gatlinburg and Sevierville Tennessee. He was the founding program administrator for the Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Service (PARTAS) and served as Assistant Commissioner of Conservation and Director or Parks and Recreation for the State of Tennessee.

Mark practiced law in Nashville Tennessee from 1987 until retirement in 2017.  He had a general practice with an emphasis on Social Security Disability claims.  He was a faculty member of the Nashville School of Law ( 1997-2009) teaching the course on Social Security Law.

University of Cincinnati, 1974, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)
Nashville School of Law, 1983, Doctor of Jurisprudence

License to Practice Law, Tennessee Supreme Court (1983) BPR# 10448
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1987)
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, (1994)

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