It’s near the end of winter, and time to get your body geared up for spring! As the temperatures start to climb back above freezing and trees begin to show signs of life, your Metro Parks can help you make the transition back to an active lifestyle, one of the key components of the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Movement.
Otter Creek Park
Enjoy a leisurely hike along Otter Creek Park's scenic Valley Overlook Trail on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. [more info], or go rock climbing at the rock quarry on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. [more info]. Otter Creek also offers cozy cabins and a campground if you want to make a weekend of it!
Jefferson Memorial Forest
Watch for the first signs of spring activity among the trees in the beautiful Jefferson Memorial Forest during a Night Hike – "Night Keepers: Legends and Lore of the Night Sky" – Friday, March 10, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. [more info]. The nation's largest municipal urban forest is located just 15 miles from downtown Louisville!
Other activities in local parks
Whether warm or cold, horseback riding at McNeely Lake Park's Riding Stables is beautiful and unforgettable. Lessons and guided tail rides are available year-round.
Louisville's nine public golf courses offer a quality golfing experience at some of the most affordable prices in the nation. Each course has its own character, and some consistently rank among Kentucky's best and most challenging courses. Metro Parks golf courses are open from daylight to dark seven days a week, and each course has a fully stocked pro shop! Golf pros are available for lessons if you need a hand getting back into peak-season form.
Metro Parks Senior Services offers a variety of social and athletic programs for senior citizens at the Flaget and Wilderness Road Senior Centers. Get in shape by doing yoga, Thai Chi or using the weight and fitness rooms. Also, registration begins in March for the regional Fifty and Over Games, which take place from May 8 to 21. Winners advance to a statewide competition this fall, with the opportunity to qualify for the 2007 national Senior Games, which will be held in Louisville.
Metro Parks operates 17 community centers, where you can join your neighbors to shoot hoops, get in shape, or learn a new craft or hobby. Call or visit your favorite community center for more information.
Now's the time to register for spring adult basketball leagues, offered by the Metro Parks Athletics Office.
While our 11 outdoor summer pools don't open until the end of May, there's no need to wait for warm weather to get your laps in, or just splash around! Metro Parks offers year-round swimming and fitness opportunities at the indoor Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center in Crescent Hill. The Aquatic Center offers lap swim, water exercise and swim lessons, as well as a weight room with Cybex, free weights and cardio equipment.
Check out the Metro Parks calendar of events for more great opportunities!