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Metro Parks Newsroom

Metro Parks offers summer camps in 17 locations

Thursday March 9, 2006

Registration begins at most sites on April 3

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that children ages 6 to 12 can spend eight weeks of summer vacation in structured Metro Parks day camps that provide safe, fun and educational enrichment opportunities. The camps – offered June 5 to July 28 at 17 locations throughout Louisville – allow children to experience sports, arts and the great outdoors in a wholesome environment.

Registration begins April 3 on a first-come, first-served basis at 14 community centers and one local school.  Douglass Community Center’s registration begins April 10, and Jefferson Memorial Forest’s registration is already underway.  A non-refundable $15 registration fee, to cover processing and T-shirt expenses, is due at the time of registration.  Camp fees range from $20 to $95 weekly, depending on the activities offered at each site.  Camps will not be in session on July 4.

"Our day camps offer parents a great way to ensure that their children are involved in positive activities over the summer," said Abramson. "We encourage kids to adopt a healthy lifestyle, while exposing them to arts, nature, and sports.  And, of course, we make sure they have lots of fun!"

Most camps begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. An early bird program, allowing drop-off between 7 and 8:30 a.m., is available for an extra $4 per day at some locations. Partial scholarships are available at most locations for those who can demonstrate financial need. Additionally, discounts are available for multiple camp participants from the same family. Residents from outside Louisville Metro can attend Metro Parks camps for an additional $10 per child each week.

Jefferson Memorial Forest’s camps take place on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with different nature immersion programs each week.  The $15 one-time registration fee does not apply at this camp.

To support the City of Parks initiative that is expanding and improving Louisville’s park system, summer camps will focus on building participants’ appreciation for nature, parks and green space, while encouraging them to become good stewards of our environment.  Arts and craft projects will focus on park landscapes and other nature themes.  Support for these efforts will come from Brightside, Otter Creek Park, Jefferson Memorial Forest, and the Metro Parks Teen Team.

Metro Parks is hiring seasonal help for summer camps, swimming pools, and park maintenance. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.  Information is available by calling 456-8152. Additionally, those ages 13 and 14 – who are too old for most camp programs but too young for summer camp employment – can attend some camps as junior camp counselors. Contact the camp location of your choice for more information.

To register for a Metro Parks summer camp, please contact the camp site of your choice. Summer camp information is also available by calling 502/456-8186 or visiting our summer camp web site.

All camps are for children ages 6-12; registration begins April 3 unless otherwise noted

Allgeier Community Center [formerly Derby City Community Center]
4101 Cadillac Court, 40213
$70 per week

Baxter Community Center
1125 Cedar Court, 40203
$20 per week

Beechmont Community Center
205 West Wellington Avenue, 40214
$55 per week

California Community Center
1600 West St. Catherine Street, 40210
$25 per week

Douglass Community Center
2305 Douglass Boulevard, 40205
$75 per week
Registration begins April 10

Dumeyer Community Center
1644 Squires Drive, 40215
$30 per week

Jefferson Memorial Forest
11311 Mitchell Hill Road, 40118
$95 per week
Registration now underway, more information online at

Meyzeek Middle School
828 South Jackson Street, 40203
$50 per week

Newburg Community Center
4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218
$40 per week

Parkhill Community Center
1703 South 13th Street, 40210
$35 per week

Portland Community Center
640 North 27th St, 40212
$35 per week

Shawnee Community Center
607 South 37th Street, 40211
$30 per week

Shelby Park Community Center
600 East Oak Street, 40203
$35 per week

South Louisville Community Center
2911 Taylor Boulevard, 40208
$55 per week

Southwick Community Center
3621 Southern Avenue, 40211
$50 per week

Sun Valley Community Center
6505 Bethany Lane, 40272
$60 per week

Sylvania Community Center
6650 Sylvania Road, 40258
$60 per week