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Metro Parks Newsroom - 2008 Archive

Metro Parks to accept 2009 rentals beginning Jan. 12
Metro Parks offering 2009 rental reservations beginning Jan. 12

Metro Parks Designates Seven Hills for Winter Sledding
LOUISVILLE -- For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. With Louisville facing a possible significant winter weather-related event over the next few days, Metro Parks wants to remind the public it will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.

Metro Parks Gearing Up for Holiday Season With Numerous Holiday-Themed Events
Families who are looking for affordable family entertainment during the holiday season will find many fun and inexpensive options through Metro Parks.

Mary T. Aquatic Center therapy pool to be closed Dec. 19-21 for repairs
Metro Parks will be closing the therapy pool at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center from Dec. 19-21 to make improvements to the pool’s drain system.

Historic Locust Grove to host Holiday Sampler
Spend the day after Thanksgiving exploring our region’s heritage at Historic Locust Grove. We are open our regular hours, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and have a brand new gallery, “A Country Worth Defending-Land and Family in Early Kentucky,” to tour.

Metro Parks, MSD to partner on work along Beargrass Creek
An effort to create enhanced wetlands along Beargrass Creek may impact users of the Beargrass Creek Greenway trail over the next few weeks. The 1.3-mile paved off-road path for pedestrians and cyclists connects the intersection of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road to Locust Street near Spring Street.

Waverly Park to be closed Oct. 30
Waverly Park, located at Arnoldtown Road and Clayton Terrace in west Louisville, will be closed on Thursday, October 30 for paving work. The contractor will be installing expanded parking facilities and paving over a gravel portion of the park entry road.

Owen to give presentation Nov. 5 at Historic Locust Grove
How did people get the news in early Louisville? On Wednesday, November 5, Tom Owen, associate archivist and community relations associate at the University of Louisville, as well as a Metro Councilman, will share the history of Louisville's early newspapers at Historic Locust Grove.

Mayor Dedicates Renovated Shawnee Pavilion
LOUISVILLE (Oct. 15, 2008) – The historic Shawnee Pavilion, an original feature of the Olmsted-designed Shawnee Park, has been renovated and made accessible for the disabled – and new restrooms have been added near the structure.

Jefferson Memorial Forest finalist in Save the Trails competition
The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation and the Jefferson Memorial Forest have been named finalists in a competition for Save the Trails funding that will be determined by online voting during October.

Memorial Forest Master Planning meeting to be held Oct. 22
LOUISVILLE -- The nation’s largest municipal urban forest has a new vision that calls for continued growth, expanded facilities for education and recreation, and new nature programs to better serve the public and draw more visitors.

Riverside Heritage Festival to take place on Oct. 11
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing invites everyone to its annual Riverside Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 11, from noon-5 p.m.

Otter Creek Park to host Halloween-themed weekend events
Families who are interested in all the fun and pageantry of Halloween in a natural setting will have four opportunities to enjoy the holiday during the month of October at Otter Creek Park.

Annual Mayor's Hike to take place at Oct. 18
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging Louisville residents to “hit the trail” on Saturday, October 18 at the fourth Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest. The free event is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, designed to encourage healthy behavior including better nutrition and increased physical activity.

Family Golf Package to be offered at Metro Parks courses during October
As a result of interest generated by Kentuckians Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes in helping Team USA capture the Ryder Cup, Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during October weekends.

Annual Mayor's Hike set for Oct. 18
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging Louisville residents to “hit the trail” on Saturday, October 18 at the fourth Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest. The free event is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, designed to encourage healthy behavior including better nutrition and increased physical activity.

Registration for Fall classes to begin at Metro Arts Center
Registration for Fall classes at the Metro Arts Center, 8360 Dixie Highway, will begin October 1.

Metro Parks properties continuing to recover from storm
Louisville's parks, golf courses and community centers are among Metro Parks properties that are continuing to recover from the September 14 wind storm.

Louisville Extreme Park closing for annual repairs
Louisville Extreme Park to be closed Wednesday, September 24 through Friday, September 26

Five Community Centers to be open for extended hours this weekend
Five Metro Parks community centers will be open for extended hours this weekend to offer family-friendly activities to those still without power following Sunday's wind storm.

Metro Parks to host cleanup events at local parks
To commemorate National Public Lands Day, Metro Parks, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) will host four cleanup events in area parks on Saturday, September 27.

CANCELED - Forest to host Kentucky Reptile and Amphibian Day Sept. 20
Snakes, lizards and frogs aren’t to be feared – in fact, they’re an essential ingredient in keeping the balance at America’s largest municipally-owned forest.

Metro Parks, Kentucky Forestry purchases 98-acre walnut farm
Louisville Metro Parks and the Kentucky Division of Forestry purchased a 98-acre walnut farm this week, part of the City of Parks initiative. The property – the largest known walnut plantation east of the Mississippi River – will ultimately become publicly accessible park land.

Locust Grove to host book sale August 16-17
More than 12,000 used, collectible & remaindered books will be for sale at Historic Locust Grove’s annual August book sale, featuring a large collection of Civil War, military, cookbooks and children’s books as well as a large assortment of other quality books in all categories. Sale takes place August 16 & 17.

Metro Parks, Crime Stoppers team to fight vandalism
Seeking to reduce the amount of graffiti and vandalism taking place in Louisville’s parks, three organizations have teamed up to offer cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of individuals committing crimes in parks and recreation facilities owned by Louisville Metro Government.

Riverside to host ice cream social July 12
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing is pleased to announce its 7th annual "Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social" on Sunday, July 13 from 1- 5 p.m.

July lecture series continues at Locust Grove
A panel discussion about the changing views of George Rogers Clark and his role in the American Revolution in the Ohio Valley Region will take place on Wednesday, July 2, at 1 p.m. at Locust Grove.

Approximately 400 children taking part in Reds Rookie Success League - Louisville
Approximately 400 Louisville-area children ages 6-12 are getting a first-hand introduction to the game of baseball this summer through the Cincinnati Reds Rookie Success League-Louisville. The league, in its inaugural season in the Louisville area, is one portion of a significant investment made by the Reds in the city of Louisville.

Locust Grove gallery opening July 4
Historic Locust Grove will celebrate our nation’s birthday this summer with the grand opening of the new permanent exhibit in the state dedicated to Kentucky’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. The exhibit, entitled, “A Country Worth Defending: Land & Family in Early Kentucky,” will occupy a portion of the new 1,200-square foot wing of the Visitors Center.

Southern Parkway Mile road race coming July 12
LOUISVILLE – Athletes of all ages – and their pooches too – are encouraged to participate in one of the more unusual and fun road races in the region on Saturday, July 12, when the Southern Parkway Mile takes place near Southern Parkway and New Cut Road.

Swimming Pool Shuttle Service Canceled
Metro Parks has cancelled service for a free summer swimming pool shuttle that had been operating since Memorial Day weekend.

Riverside to celebrate '100 Years On the Ohio'
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate “100 Years On the Ohio” with a historical timeline event representing the years 1765—1865 on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visitors to the site will see over 100 historical re-enactors demonstrating the tools, weaponry, clothing and cooking of the various periods represented. Admission to the site is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children per day. A family rate allows two adults with up to 3 children to enter for $15.

Wyandotte Park Planning Meeting to take place July 1
A master planning effort for Wyandotte Park that began last year will be completed on Tuesday, July 1, with a fifth and final 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.

Celebrate National Trails Day in Louisville
Take a hike – but don’t leave Louisville. This Saturday is National Trails Day and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy offers three ways you can get involved.

Sun Valley Swimming Pool Re-Opens Earlier than Expected
After making temporary repairs more quickly than first expected, Metro Parks re-opened the swimming pool in Sun Valley Park at noon on Saturday. The pool closed for one day after a system that controls the pump’s motor failed.

Dates set for Summer Chamber Series
Ten dates are set for the Mayor’s Summer Chamber Concert Series, which will bring professional musicians from the Louisville Orchestra to selected local libraries and community centers across the city.

Metro Parks to offer free shuttle service to local pools
Louisville’s public pools open for the summer this weekend, and Metro Parks is offering free rides to families who want to visit a local pool. People may board a shuttle at one of the five closed pools and travel to the Norton or Algonquin pools. The free service begins Saturday.

Otter Creek Park dedicates new Splashpad
Thousands of area residents have flocked to Otter Creek Park over the years for the multitude of recreational opportunities and abundant natural wonders that exist in the 2,600 acre park, which is set along the Ohio River in Meade County, Ky.

Planning Process for Jefferson Memorial Forest Kicks off with Public Meeting
Citizens can help shape the future of the 6,191-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest during a public meeting on Wednesday, May 21. Based in part on feedback from the meeting, Metro Parks will develop a comprehensive master plan for the nation's largest municipal urban forest by fall 2008.

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to Honor Fallen Patriots
Veterans and their families will join with the community at an annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2008 at noon at the Patriots Peace Memorial to honor members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in the line of duty under conditions other than hostile action.

Mayor opens 23-mile section of Louisville Loop
It stretches 23 miles, from downtown Louisville to the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, and it meanders along the Ohio River and through numerous neighborhoods, from Portland to the Cane Run area.

Three free concerts to take place at Shelby Park
Three two-hour concerts will be performed in the recently renovated Shelby Park this spring and fall thanks to a sponsorship by Chase and a partnership between the Louisville Orchestra and Metro Parks.

Main Pool at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center to re-open Monday
After more than a month of extensive repairs, the main pool at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center is scheduled to re-open at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 14.

Wildflower walk to highlight Olmsted Parks
Take time to stop and smell the wildflowers on a nature walk through one of Louisville’s most beautiful historic parks.

Community Centers adjust hours for Spring Break
Metro Parks community centers will be open for adjusted hours during the local Spring Break school schedule, officials announced today.

Additional corporate sponsors step up to share lighting expenses
Mayor Jerry Abramson has signed a full roster of local corporate sponsors who will provide one-time funding to cover electric bills at Louisville Metro Parks fields used by youth leagues.

Registration set to begin for Summer Camps
Registration begins April 7 for Metro Parks summer camps at 16 community centers and outreach sites across Louisville.

PNC Bank to Make Donation for Youth League Lighting Expenses
PNC Bank is donating $15,000 to help pay for lighting expenses incurred by youth leagues that use Louisville Metro Parks, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

JMF Forest Fest to take place May 17
A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s fourth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 17.

Closure of Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center’s Olympic pool extended until April 14
Metro Parks has extended the closure of Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center’s Olympic pool until April 14.

Local entertainment showcase slated for Iroquois Amphitheater
Two events featuring some of the best local entertainment Louisville has to offer will take place at the historic Iroquois Amphitheater on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30.

Metro Parks Designates Seven Parks for Winter Sledding
For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. Metro Parks will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.

Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center's main pool remains closed
The Olympic pool at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center will remain closed for repairs through March 24.

Metro Parks Golf Course Greens Fees to Increase
LOUISVILLE – For the first time in two years, Metro Parks has adopted minimal increases in greens fees at the 9 public golf courses it operates throughout Louisville.

Aquatic Center Closed to Repair Leak
The Olympic pool at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center developed a significant leak last night, and will be closed for several days while Metro Parks officials work to make repairs.

21st Century Parks Debuts Website, New Tool for Public Input
A new website will allow the public to get the latest information about the Floyds Fork Greenway project, part of the City of Parks initiative.

New playground, memorial to be added at South Louisville C.C.
Metro Parks and the Fight Crimes Against Children Partnership announced plans for a new playground and reflection memorial, to be built in two phases at South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard.

Turn Your Child Into an Adventurer at Jefferson Memorial Forest
The Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering an exciting new series that will expose 5-and 6-year olds to the wonders of the natural world.

A Romantic Valentine's Day Awaits at Jefferson Memorial Forest
A perfect romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits February 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Metro Parks Seeking Entries for 4th Annual Dance Extravaganza
After yet another successful event in March 2007, Metro Parks is hoping to make the 4nd Annual Youth Extravaganza Dance Competition bigger and better.

Reds Announce Wyandotte Baseball Field Renovations
The Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Bats and Metro Parks held a ceremony at Wyandotte Park Sunday in which the organizations announced a large-scale renovation of the baseball fields at the park, located near historic Churchill Downs.

Wyandotte Park to see ballfield improvements, Master Plan
A master planning effort for Wyandotte Park that began last year continues on Thursday, January 31, with a third public meeting to discuss park improvements.

Metro Parks Presents 2008 Mayor's WinterScene Performances
Those who have the itch to enjoy the performing arts will find a lot to like during January and February with the 2008 season of the Mayor’s WinterScene.