The second entry in our “GetTo Know Your Parks” series comes to us from Jacob Murphy, Communications Coordinator at Metro Parks. When I introduced this series I asked for suggestions on what parks the series should cover and the very first suggestion was Gnadinger Park (thanks for the suggestion Kelley!).
If you’ve ever been by the corner of Ellison and Ruetlinger Ave in Louisville’s Germantown neighborhood, then you may have noticed Gnadinger Park. Pronounced “NAY-ding-urr” (the ‘g’ is silent), at .03 acre, it’s Metro Parks’ smallest park and was donated by the Gnadinger family to the City of Louisville in 1974, in honor of Frank Adam and Mary Catherine Gnadinger.
Gnadinger Park provides two park benches, a shade tree and a walking path to its visitors. According to a News Channel 32 news clip (date unknown), Gnadinger’s walking path takes roughly 98 steps and one minute to navigate from end to end (see the awesome news clip).
Louisvillians often poke fun at this tiny triangular piece of parkland, because of its size (check out this humorous article about Gnadinger Park at Louisvillecomedy.com). At the time of its dedication it was speculated that it would become the Guinness Book of World’s Records smallest public, municipal, park! Unfortunately, paperwork was never officially submitted and Gnadinger was never named the smallest park in the world; at present, Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon holds that title consisting of 0.000072 of an acre.
Gnadinger Park is not the typical image of a park that comes to the mind of most folks and that is partly why it is so unique and loved by those who frequent its space.
You can find more information on Gnadinger Park and the history of the Gnadinger family from an article written by Norbert E. Gnadinger, Sr. that he wrote for the German Paristown Association website.