The Parklands of Floyds Fork Announces Leadership Team Promotions



Louisville, Ky. (December 22, 2014) – 21st Century Parks, Inc., the nonprofit responsible for building and operating the nation’s largest new public park systems, The Parklands of Floyds Fork, is pleased to announce the following leadership team promotions.

Sam Stewart, previously Facility and Events Sales Manager, has been promoted to the position of Facility and Programs Director.  In this new role, Stewart will lead programming and facility uses within The Parklands.  This will include private/event use of park resources such as the Gheens Foundation Lodge, the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation, and the Egg Lawn, as well as concessionaire agreements and program partnerships.  Additionally, Stewart will oversee the Outdoor Classroom programs which served over 10,000 participants in 2014, and the rollout of new reservable park amenities in the new Turkey Run and Broad Run Parks that will open for reservations in 2016. Since arriving at The Parklands, Stewart has led the establishment of the Gheens Foundation Lodge and The Parklands as signature locations for Louisville’s most special events.   Stewart is a graduate of the University of Louisville.

“Sam provided exceptional leadership of The Parklands facilities since arriving, and he is responsible for the creation of great events such as Creekside Jam, said Scott Martin, Parks Director for The Parklands.  “Sam’s high degree of professionalism and focus on details - all aimed at execution and delivery of outstanding events and programs within The Parklands—are an exceptional asset to The Parklands and Louisville.”

Ellen Doolittle, who has served as Communications Coordinator for the previous two years, has been promoted to the position of Communications Manager.  In addition to her leadership of The Parklands’ advertising and communications campaigns, this promotion will see Doolittle take a larger role in the development of communication efforts aimed at increasing civic engagement and support of The Parklands through expanded philanthropic and community support initiatives. Doolittle has led the creation of The Parklands website, social media platforms, annual communications initiatives, and continued integration of world-class interpretive content nested within The Parklands experience.  Doolittle is a graduate of Marietta College.

“Ellen’s creativity and focus has brought great energy and quality to The Parklands’ communication initiatives.  It’s not easy to introduce a new 4,000-acre park system to a region of over 1 million residents, and she’s done a wonderful job sharing the park story with the region,” said Scott Martin, Parks Director.

Laura Mattingly has joined the 21st Century Parks team as Accounting Coordinator, where she manages accounts payable and assists with other accounting needs.  Mattingly comes to The Parklands after five years as an independent film producer.  She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University.


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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