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Mayor Fischer accepts “Tree City USA” award at Arbor Day event
Louisville has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. The city has earned this recognition for more than a dozen years and Mayor Greg Fischer accepted the award on behalf of the city at the Louisville Arbor Day Festival, held at Iroquois Park.

Diabetes Prevention Program for Youth Offered at Metro Parks Community Centers
A free diabetes prevention and management education program for youth will be offered at six Metro Parks community centers in April and May.

Metro Arts Center Spring Classes Beginning in April, May
The Metro Arts Center offers classes in the fine and applied arts for youth, teens, adults and seniors, and registration is underway for spring classes beginning in mid-April and May. Pottery, painting, photography, cartooning, silversmithing, and more—there’s something for everyone, and all skill levels are welcome.

Partial Demolition Work to Begin at Louisville Extreme Park
Demolition work is set to begin at the Louisville Extreme Park. Approximately one-third of the park will be demolished and reconstructed on adjacent property to make way for construction of the flyover ramps that will support the new Louisville-Southern Indiana downtown bridge.

Metro Parks Community Centers Provide Spring Break Activities for Youth
Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation welcomes children and teens to its community centers for special spring break programs.

Metro Parks Golf Special for April: Grand Slam Giveaway
During the month of April, golfers who play a round at any of the nine courses operated by Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation will be entered to win one of several great prizes through the annual Grand Slam Golf Giveaway.

Metro Parks and Recreation Spring Adult Athletic Leagues Registration Underway
Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation is accepting team registrations for spring athletic leagues – softball, kickball and flag football. Games begin the week of May 5. Participants must be 18 or older. Registration deadline is April 28, or until leagues are filled.

Annual Plant and Herb Sale, April 12 & 13 At Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate the return of spring with its annual Plant and Herb Sale on Saturday, April 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, Noon to 3 p.m. (An Early Bird Sale will take place Friday, April 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Volunteers Needed for National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships, In Louisville April
Volunteers are needed to assist as Louisville again hosts the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships. The event runs April 3-6, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane.

Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center Presents Youth Art Series “Leaving Footprints”
The opening reception for the “Leaving Footprints” youth art series will be held March 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Park's Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, 607 South 37th Street.

Coral Ridge Elementary Students to Plant 200 Trees at Caperton Swamp Park
Fourth-graders from Coral Ridge Elementary School will plant 200 native trees at Caperton Swamp Park, 3916 River Road, on Friday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Registration Underway
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation is again offering summer camps at its twelve community centers.

Volunteers Needed for U.S. Quad Rugby Association National Championship Tournament, In Louisville Ma
Volunteers are needed to assist as Louisville again welcomes the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) National Championship Tournament. The event runs March 21-23 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, and is free and open to the public. Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation and Frazier Rehab Institute are the local co-hosts for the tournament, and 2014 marks the eighth year the tournament has been held in Louisville.

Two Parks Selected for Macy’s “Heart Your Park” Fundraising Program in Louisville
The Parklands of Floyds Fork and Iroquois Park have been selected as recipients in “Heart Your Park,” a fundraising program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

Golf Special for March: $3 off at Louisville Metro Parks Courses
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during March at Metro Parks golf courses.

Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust Earns National Recognition
The Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust has achieved national accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

Thunder Over Louisville RV Parking, Tent Camping Available at Eva Bandman Park
Thunder Over Louisville fans making plans for a place to park their RV, pitch a tent or park their car have an option that’s close to the action. Metro Parks is selling passes for Thunder weekend at Eva Bandman Park, 1701 River Road, for the fourth consecutive year.

Oldham County Historic, Scenic Land Protected Through Conservation Easement
The donation of a conservation easement in Oldham County will ensure that 167 acres of scenic farmland and woodlands will remain forever protected from development. Dinwiddie Lampton III and Irene D. Lampton are donating the easement to Louisville Metro Government through the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust.

Band Lineup Announced for 2014 Forest Fest at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Grammy-nominated bluegrass artist Noam Pikelny is slated to headline the Forest Fest Bluegrass Festival on May 17 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Valentine Hikes at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Romantic Valentine evenings await on February 14 and 15 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $30, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth.