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Metro Parks Newsroom - 2007 Archive

New Community Center for Disabled in Fern Creek
Mayor Jerry Abramson unveiled architectural plans for the MVP Zone, a major community center that will be built on newly-acquired property in the Fern Creek area.

Community Centers Open Holiday Hours
Teenagers can become restless -- and even a little bored -- while home from school on winter break.

Metro Parks Designates Seven Parks for Winter Sledding

Wyandotte Park Master Planning Continues with Nov. 29 Public Meeting
A master planning effort for Wyandotte Park that began last month continues on Thursday, November 29, with a second public meeting to discuss park improvements. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, located within the park at 1010 Beecher Street.

Veterans Day Memorial Service Held in Jefferson Memorial Forest
Soldiers who have fought in foreign wars will be honored during a service at Jefferson Memorial Forest on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.

Mayor Encourages Residents to ‘Hit the Trail’
Saturday, Oct. 27 The fourth Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest is Saturday, October 27.

Final Public Meeting: Olmsted Parkways Multi-Use Path System
Metro Parks will unveil the final draft of plans for a multi-use path system along approximately 10 miles of Louisville’s Olmsted Parkway system, during a public meeting on October 23, 2007. The meeting takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard. Parking is available in the rear of the community center, entering from 9th Street or Iowa Street.

Shakespeare Comes to Community Centers
Metro Parks and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival are offering an after-school drama club to introduce children to theater, dance, music, visual arts and creative writing. Participants will work with an instructor from the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival to create and perform a show that they will present at the end of the 10-week program.

Metro Parks Begins Master Planning Effort for Wyandotte Park
Efforts to improve Wyandotte Park begin with a public meeting on Wednesday, October 10, to kick off a master planning process for the park. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, located within the park at 1010 Beecher Street.

Mayor Abramson Opens Creason Park Path
A new paved path at Joe Creason Park for walkers, joggers and cyclists was opened today by Mayor Jerry Abramson, the latest improvement in the City of Parks initiative.

Mayor Opens Cherokee Park Dog Run
A field atop the I-64 Cochran Hill tunnels in Cherokee Park became Louisville’s newest “dog run” today. Mayor Jerry Abramson and several Metro Council members joined Metro Parks and the Louisville Dog Run Association to open the two-acre area where dogs can run off-leash.

Metro Parks Earns National Accreditation
This week, Louisville Metro Parks became one of only 73 parks and recreation agencies in the nation to be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. The announcement places Metro Parks among the nation’s best parks and recreation departments.

Portland Wharf Park, surrounding area added to National Register of Historic Places
Donna M. Neary, Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council, presented a certificate Louisville Metro officials on September 26, officially recognizing the historic Portland area's listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Seven other Kentucky properties were also added to the national register.

Mayor Invites Citizens to Help Name Metro Loop
Mayor Jerry Abramson has a challenge for Louisville residents — help name the Metro Loop, the 100-mile hiking and biking trail that will encircle the city.

Metro Parks Supports Patriot Golf Day on Sept. 1
On Saturday, September 1, customers at Louisville’s nine Metro Parks golf courses can spend money on more than a round of golf – they can support families of soldiers who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) announced today.

Churchill Park Available for UofL Football Parking
With the 2007 University of Louisville football season fast approaching, Metro Parks is offering secure, affordable and convenient parking for home games. Parking passes for Churchill Park – adjacent to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Floyd Street and Byrne Avenue – are now available.

Aquatic Center Closes Aug. 19 - Sept. 3 for Maintenance
Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center's Olympic pool and therapy pool will be closed for maintenance from Sunday, August 19, through Monday, September 3. In addition to cleaning both pools, Metro Parks is making improvements to the aquatic center’s entry area and locker rooms. The fitness center will remain open, and Breslin Park's outdoor pool season will be extended.

Playground for Children with Disabilities Opens in Iroquois Park
Children with disabilities now have a large new playground in Iroquois Park that allows them to play alongside other children, thanks to a $1.4 million project that was dedicated today. Funding for the "play together" playground came from public and private sources.

Mayor Offers Family Golf Promotion on July 14, 21
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Parks officials are encouraging families to take advantage of a golf promotion sponsored by the PGA of America at local golf courses on the next two Saturdays.

Public Meeting: Olmsted Parkways Path Project
Metro Parks has scheduled a public meeting about plans for a multi-use path system along approximately 10 miles of Louisville’s Olmsted Parkway system. The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in the Community Room at the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard.

Mayor Announces Free Summer Chamber Music Concerts
A string quartet at the Bon Air Regional Library. A woodwind trio at Cane Run Community School. A swing combo at the Portland Community Center. Those are some of the eight performances scheduled next month for the 2007 Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the Louisville Orchestra and Metro Parks. The concerts are free and open to the public, as part of the Mayor's SummerScene program.

LaPorte Park Pool Leaking, Closed for Season
The outdoor swimming pool in LaPorte Park, 2529 Bank Street, has developed a significant leak and mechanical problems that will require it to close for the season, Metro Parks officials said today. Metro Parks will offer a free shuttle to another public pool.

6/13 Update: All Metro Parks Summer Pools Now Open
Metro Parks opened five more summer pools today, joining three that opened over Memorial Day weekend. Two outdoor pools that were scheduled to open today experienced mechanical problems and will instead open next week.

Canoe Access Sites Open as ‘City of Parks’ First Feature
Mayor Jerry Abramson launched canoes at one of two new canoe-access sites along Floyds Fork creek—the first recreational features of the massive City of Parks initiative that is bringing new and improved parks to all areas of Louisville.

New Sports Center Planned for Citizens with Disabilities
Continuing the commitment to define Louisville as a City of Parks, Mayor Jerry Abramson has set aside $1 million to acquire land for a proposed $12 million community center and sports complex for citizens with disabilities.

New 166-Acre Park to Host Sports, Other Events Along River Road Corridor
Mayor Jerry Abramson was joined today by local athletes as he detailed plans for Louisville Champions Park, a 166-acre linear park that will be the centerpiece of an expanding 400-acre sports and recreation corridor along River Road.

Metro Parks opens 10 summer swimming pools
Just in time for Memorial Day, Metro Parks will open three outdoor swimming pools on Saturday, May 26. Seven more pools open the following weekend. These summer pools remain open until August.

Olmsted Conservancy Opens New Interpretive Trail
Olmsted Parks Conservancy, working with Metro Parks, has opened a newly restored area and trail in Cherokee Park. This area features trail signs that will teach walkers and hikers about Kentucky’s diversity of native wildflowers and trees.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Patriots Peace Memorial
Veterans and their families will gather at noon on May 28, 2007, to honor members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty under conditions other than those of hostile action. The families of two such veterans will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony that’s held annually on Memorial Day.

Mayor Dedicates Long Run Golf Clubhouse
Mayor Jerry Abramson today marked the completion of improvements to Long Run Park’s golf course by opening a new $1.2 million clubhouse.

Mayor, Council Members Fund Cherokee Park ‘Dog Run’
Mayor Jerry Abramson and four Metro Council members announced plans to open a three-acre fenced “dog run” facility in Cherokee Park this summer. The $85,000 project atop the I-64 Cochran Hill tunnels will join another dog run under development at Charlie Vettiner Park as the first two approved off-leash site for dogs in the Metro Parks system.

GE Volunteers Improve Portland Community Center
Nearly 100 GE Consumer & Industrial employees from the company's Information Technology department spent the day volunteering at Portland Community Center today. They painted, installed new countertops and refurbished cabinets in the kitchen, built shelves in two rooms, replaced downspouts and installed gutter guards to prevent leaves and debris from clogging gutters. Additionally, they installed several new GE appliances in the kitchen.

Olmsted Conservancy Names New President and CEO
The Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy has appointed Mimi Zinniel to the position of President and CEO, effective June 11, after an extensive national search.

Summer Camp Registration Underway
This summer, children and teenagers can take part in day camps offered by Metro Parks in 19 different locations throughout Louisville.

Golf Grand Slam Promotion in April
Golfers who visit the nine Metro Parks municipal golf courses during the rest of April can register to win one of several free prizes, Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz announced today. Entry forms for the Metro Parks Grand Slam Golf Giveaway are available in clubhouses.

Waverly Park's Lake to be Lowered for Repairs
Later this month, Metro Parks will temporarily lower the level of the 5.3-acre lake in Waverly Park and initiate a year-long project to remove sediment and make the lake a healthier aquatic ecosystem. The lake will become an improved fishing destination when full water levels are restored next spring.

Spring Break: Adjusted Hours and Junior Olympics at Community Centers
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced that community centers and outreach sites operated by Metro Parks will adjust their hours and offer a Junior Olympic sports competition on April 9-13, to provide positive activities for Louisville children during spring break.

Controlled Burn takes Place on City of Parks Acreage
Metro Parks conducted a controlled burn today on 16 acres of the Tyler-Schooling Property, a 283-acre conservation area that has been set aside for future development as park land through the City of Parks initiative. The controlled burn will promote establishment of native wildflowers and warm season grasses planted in 2005, while reducing competition from invasive weeds.

Registration Opens for Fifty and Over Games
As part of Louisville’s preparations for hosting the 2007 National Senior Games this summer, Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging citizens age 50 and over to take part in the regional “Fifty and Over Games” from May 7 to 20.

City of Parks initiative adds 458 acres in Floyds Fork area
The ambitious Floyds Fork Greenway Project – part of the City of Parks initiative – has moved a step closer to reality with the acquisition of 458 acres off Brush Run Road. This purchase includes most of the old 570-acre Seatonville Springs Country Club. Including nearby properties owned by Future Fund, there are approximately 1,000 acres of contiguous green space that can become one of three or four large new parks along Floyds Fork.

Photography Exhibit at Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will host an exhibition of original photographs by local talent Jim Pullen from February 25 to March 10, 2007. The public is invited to a reception for the artist on Sunday, February 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Riverside Visitors Center.

Metro Parks, Cincinnati Reds Team Up for Ballfield Improvements
Players and representatives from the Cincinnati Reds joined young athletes, along with officials from Louisville Metro Government, the West Louisville Sports League and the Louisville Bats at Shawnee Park today to celebrate $30,000 in improvements to that park's ballfields. They also outlined opportunities for similar improvements in Wyandotte Park.

Louisville is “Lovin’ the Hills” at Jefferson Memorial Forest
On Saturday, February 17, Metro Parks and the Cherokee Road Runners are bringing the fourth annual “Louisville’s Lovin’ the Hills” 50k trail run and second annual 15-mile run/hike to Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Major Improvements Made at Two Community Centers for Martin Luther King Season of Service
Approximately 420 volunteers from Target, Home Depot, and Office for Youth Development completed nearly $30,000 worth of improvements to two community centers, as part of the Martin Luther King Season of Service.

Mayor’s ‘Arts in Parks’ Brings Louisville Orchestra into Community Centers
A new partnership between Metro Parks and the Louisville Orchestra is bringing free chamber music concerts and music appreciation programs to several locations throughout the community this winter.

Stay Fit Through the Winter Months with Metro Parks
The winter can impair your fitness routine as the weather takes its toll on your ability to enjoy the great outdoors. Metro Parks has alternative solutions to keep you walking and running through the cold months.