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Metro Parks Newsroom

Mayor Abramson Opens Champions Park Dog Run

Tuesday April 20, 2010

Area pooches have a new place to chase their tails.

Mayor Jerry Abramson joined Metro Parks and the Louisville Dog Run Association at Champions Park Tuesday to open the city’s fourth Dog Run, a 4.25 acre site located on the former River Road County Club property.

Champions Park, located off River Road, joins Charlie Vettiner and Cherokee parks, and E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, as sites with dog runs.

The Champions Park site has a one-acre area set aside for smaller dogs and 3.25 additional acres for all other dogs. The layout incorporates some of the existing cart paths, previously part of the golf course, so patrons may walk and sit while their dogs are playing off-leash. The cost for the $30,000 project was raised by the Dog Run Association.

“The Champions Park Dog Run is a great example of reusing a property to fit a public need,” Abramson said. “We’re pleased to be able to partner with the Dog Run Association and thankful for all the good work they do.”

Permits to use the dog run cost $30 and are valid through the end of the year. The permits, which will also grant pet owners access to Louisville’s other dog runs, allow the association to cover its maintenance costs for operating the facility, such as moving the grass.

To receive a permit, dogs must be licensed through Louisville Metro Animal Services and have current vaccinations. Application forms are available at, or by calling MetroCall 311.

About Champions Park:
Louisville Champions Park is a 222-acre park that anchors the River Road Recreation Corridor; it offers flexible space for a variety of field sports. The park includes the former Louisville Soccer Park and the Frankfort Avenue Landfill, as well as the former River Road Country Club. Metro Parks is in the process of creating additional multi-purpose sports fields and increased parking for Champions Park, as well as improvements to the cross-country course by this fall. Future proposed amenities also include a splash-play area, a playground, basketball courts and a picnic shelter.