Doolittle to Lead Development for 21st Century Parks

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Ellen Doolittle
Director of Development

Doolittle to Lead Development for 21st Century Parks

Louisville, Ky. (April 15, 2015)— 21st Century Parks Chairman and CEO Daniel H. Jones announced today that Communications Manager, Ellen Doolittle, has been promoted to Director of Development. This new position will develop, and lead, the new annual fund campaign for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a donor-supported public park.

In this new position, Ms. Doolittle will oversee fundraising functions for The Parklands, including the annual fund/membership campaign, corporate sponsorships, supporting the Board of Directors, leading major fundraising events, and expanding institutional giving activities. Ms. Doolittle will continue leading The Parklands’ communications team as it further elevates and establishes the park’s unique “donor-supported public park” identity.

“Ellen brings a wealth of marketing, communications, event, and management experience to the traditional development model. Her love for The Parklands and deep understanding of its Annual Membership Campaign make this Louisville native a wonderful fit for our leadership team. We’re excited to have her lead efforts deepening the connection between Louisville and The Parklands whose long-term sustainability depends on ongoing community support,” said Daniel H. Jones, 21st Century Parks CEO.

Doolittle began as Communications Coordinator for The Parklands in July of 2012. She was promoted to Communications Manager in 2014. In these roles she helped to build digital, print, and “in-park” communications platforms and distribution channels for the park. Her efforts advanced The Parklands' identity and visibility not only locally, but also regionally and nationally resulting in hundreds of earned media articles as well as attracting and informing over 20,000 electronic media contacts.

Before joining 21st Century Parks, Ms. Doolittle was with Louisville-based advertising agency Doe-Anderson. Her background also includes marketing roles at Anheuser-Busch InBev, Price Weber, and Traffic Builders, Inc. Ms. Doolittle is a graduate of Marietta College where she studied advertising, public relations and marketing and played volleyball.

About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system under development within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure. The Parklands is now 35% open, currently operating and programming the first two of four parks in Eastern Jefferson County. The entire system is on schedule to be completed in 2015. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at


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