A partnership between Baird, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Louisville Parks and Recreation, and the YMCA of Greater Louisville was announced on Aug. 10 that will turn a 20,000-square-foot vacant lot in downtown Louisville into a part-time sports venue called the Baird Urban Sports Park. The project includes two regulation size Pickleball courts and a Wiffle ball field. Baird’s sponsorship made possible the transformation of the urban space to accommodate the sports field/courts.

“Given Baird’s longstanding commitment to Louisville and our downtown, lending our support to make the Baird Urban Sports Park a reality for our community is a natural fit,” said Jim Allen, vice chair of Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm. “We believe a vibrant downtown is essential for Louisville to realize its full potential and the Sports Park is an exciting step in that direction. This also complements our partnership with the Professional Pickleball Association.”

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