Located on the south side of Louisville, the Auburndale neighborhood was once extensive acres of farmland owned by Isaac Henry and known as Hickory Grove. The area was fully developed and annexed to the city in the 1960s. Today, the neighborhood is bounded by Third Street, New Cut Road, Palatka Road, and Iroquois Park.
Most of the single-family residences in the vicinity date to the end of World War II and the 1950s, when the housing boom of returning soldiers fueled neighborhood development. The community’s proximity to the Louisville International Airport makes it a good residential location for businessmen who travel extensively.
Auburndale is also conveniently situated for access to New Cut Road, the Outer Loop, and the national turnpike, which makes commuting to area business hubs easy. The neighborhood is a short drive from not only downtown Louisville, but also from the new Riverfront Business and Industrial Park.
The neighborhood’s border with Iroquois Park means that residents enjoy the many amenities of this municipal park, including stunning views of the city of Louisville from its largest hill. In addition to sweeping city views, the park offers a Frisbee golf course, basketball courts, horseback riding, and nature trails for hiking or running. The park also features a culturally rich theater program during the summer in its outdoor amphitheater.
In addition to Iroquois Park, residents have another lively outdoor spot in their own Auburndale Park, which offers picnic space, a playground area, and tennis courts.
Community spirit is strong, as can be seen from the range of activities put on by the Auburndale Neighborhood Association. It sponsors events such as summertime cookouts and at the holidays, an Old Fashioned Christmas celebration with Bluegrass music and a visit from Santa.