Initially settled as farmland in the late 18th century, the St. Matthews area has evolved into one of the most prominent suburbs of Louisville. Situated at the center of three major interstates, I-65, I-64 and I-71, St. Matthews provides residents with easy access to the rest of Louisville and the city?s many cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.
Residents have access to four community parks, each boasting their own set of amenities that benefit visitors. Recognized for its design by Landscape Architecture Magazine, Brown Park features a few distinctive elements that set it apart from the three other parks in St. Matthews, including several asphalt walking trails that go through wooded areas and over Beargrass Creek, and a trail that leads to the family cemetery of the namesake of the park James Graham Brown. For those looking to observe some wildlife, head over to the east side of the park where you?ll spy some Canadian Geese making themselves at home.
Community Park is situated on over 45 acres of land and plays host to the St. Matthews Little League. Located just off Shelbyville Road, Community Park features a natural stream along the back portion of the park, basketball and tennis courts, and ball fields. The Arthur K. Draut Park is set on 24.4 acres of land and was developed in 1994 for the purpose of water retention during the heavy rain season. However, when it?s not raining, this park is an excellent place for jogging or taking a stroll along the walking paths and creek crossing bridges. Additionally, the Arthur K. Draut Park is located within a few blocks from Brown Park, allowing visitors to enjoy both parks in one day.
Lastly, if you?re looking to take the kids out to a kid and parent-friendly park, Warwick Park is the place for you. As a small park of only 8.4 acres, Warwick Park features a baseball diamond, four basketball courts, a walking track, barbeque grills and treed picnic areas, a pavilion, and a children?s playground.
If you?re looking to partake in some retail therapy, the widely renowned Mall St. Matthews is considered to be Louisville?s premier regional shopping center. This upscale establishment features a wide range of shops, from nationally-known chain stores to small boutiques. Of course, downtown Louisville and all its recreational, cultural and entertainment venues are only a short 15 minute drive away.
The local marketplace in Louisville is as diverse as its residents. From distillery and spirit distribution to health care and food service, Louisville offers a bevy of professional avenues for its residents. Major employers include the manufacturing centers of Ford Motor Co. and General Electric as well as a major hub for United Parcel Service.