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Metro Parks Newsroom - 2009 Archive

Mayor Announces New Adopt-A-Park Partners
On Monday, December 27 at Boone Square Park, Mayor Jerry Abramson unveiled a plaque recognizing the work of one of 10 new partners in the city’s Adopt-A-Park program.

Louisville’s Olmsted Parkways Receive 319 New Trees
LOUISVILLE (December 22, 2009) – Louisville’s historic Olmsted Parkways are getting a healthy dose of new trees.

Metro Parks designates seven hills for winter sledding
With school-aged children reaching their winter break and potential winter weather on the way, 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 winter basketball league sign-ups underway
LOUISVILLE (Dec. 14, 2009) – Metro Parks is accepting team registrations through December 30 for adult basketball leagues at Cyril Allgeier Community Center, located behind the Louisville Zoo, off Poplar Level Road at 4101 Cadillac Court.

Find Great Holiday Gifts While Supporting Local Parks and Recreation Programs
LOUISVILLE (December 8, 2009) – Metro Parks has a wide array of possibilities for those who are searching for that perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer this season, including golf and swim passes and gift certificates to classes at the Metro Arts Center.

Dec 10 Open House Offers Chance to Learn More About Louisville Loop, Community Walkability
LOUISVILLE (December 1, 2009) – A West Louisville open house on December 10 offers a detailed look at existing and planned sections of the Louisville Loop, as well as information on "walkability" assessments recently completed in three urban neighborhoods.

Historic Locust Grove to host Candlelight Tour
Locust Grove will host their annual Holiday Candlelight Tour Friday, December 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m, and on Saturday, December 12, with new extended hours are 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Toyota Supports Louisville ECHO Environmental Education Program
Some of Mary Minyard’s students have so little opportunity to interact with nature that walking into the woods can be an overwhelming experience.

New Property Connects Sections of Jefferson Memorial Forest
A new piece of property acquired on Monday by Metro Parks will soon offer new hiking opportunities for visitors to Jefferson Memorial Forest. The acquisition brings the Forest’s total acreage to 6,218.

Adapted Leisure Activities to host “Meet and Greet” with paralympic athlete
Bob Lujano can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated documentary feature “Murderball,” but visitors to the Douglass Community Center will have the opportunity to meet him in person on Monday, November 16.

Leaf Drop-Off Service Available in Iroquois Park
LOUISVILLE (November 3, 2009) – Louisville Metro Government is offering a free residential leaf drop-off service in Iroquois Park during November.

Mayor’s annual Healthy Hometown Hike takes place Oct. 17
The fifth annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to hiking, visitors can decorate pumpkins to take home, enjoy a hay ride, and trek through the forest at the height of fall color.

Falls City Championship Returns to Louisville Tennis Center
The Falls City Championship – which started in 1907 as the Falls City Classic – takes place at the Louisville Tennis Center in Joe Creason Park on October 9 to 11. The tournament includes singles and doubles competitions at all adult age levels. A junior championship takes place the following weekend.

Family golfing package offered during October weekends
The dog days of summer are long past, but Metro Parks is heating up this fall by offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during October weekends.

Tyler Park, Hogan’s Fountain master plan public meeting to be held Oct. 6
Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host two public meetings on Tuesday, October 6, to discuss future plans for Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. The meetings will take place at the auditorium of the St. James School, located at 1818 Edenside Drive. The meetings will be the third in a series to develop master plans for both sites.

Metro Parks taking part in National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Cleanup Sept. 26
To commemorate National Public Lands Day, the Natural Areas division of Metro Parks, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh are hosting a volunteer event at the Beargrass Creek Greenway at Irish Hill on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Iroquois Park’s Historic Sunnyhill Pavilion To Be Renovated, Restored
Even a collapsed roof can have educational value. That’s what students from Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy’s construction technology programs will find out this fall, when they swarm Iroquois Park to put their classroom skills to practical use.

Metro Parks sponsoring Punt Pass and Kick Competition
Metro Parks will host a local qualifier for the national Punt Pass and Kick Competition at Louisville Champions Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26.

Metro Parks offering affordable family golf package during Labor Day Weekend
To encourage local families to visit their municipally-owned golf courses, Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during Labor Day weekend.

Three Metro Parks community centers still closed for repairs
Three Metro Parks community centers that received minor damage from last week’s flash flooding will be closed this week so repairs can be completed, Metro Parks officials said today.

Upcoming events to take place as scheduled at Iroquois Amphitheater
Despite sustaining water damage from Tuesday morning’s flash flooding, two upcoming events at the historic Iroquois Amphitheater will go on as scheduled, Metro Parks officials announced today.

New sprayground dedicated at Farnsley Park
Children and families in the Bon Air neighborhood have a new sprayground to enjoy, as part of a park improvement project that Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Councilwoman Brent Ackerson celebrated today.

Gaulbert Pavilion to be closed for repairs
The Gaulbert Pavilion in the Big Rock area of Cherokee Park will have a red tile roof repaired in the next 6-8 weeks. Olmsted Parks Conservancy is investing approximately $90,000 to repair the roof of the historic pavilion.

Louisville Extreme Park to be closed July 21-23
The Louisville Extreme Park will be closed from Tuesday, July 21 to Thursday, July 23 for repairs.

Forest offering discount on Summer Camp beginning next week
Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering a 10 percent discount to children ages 7 to 12 who sign up for next week’s Creature Trekking camp, which begins Monday, July 20.

Kentucky Music Weekend takes place July 24-25 at Iroquois Amphitheater
For the 33rd consecutive year, Kentucky Music Weekend will bring the finest folk musicians and Kentucky traditions to the Iroquois Amphitheater on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. Voted into law as Kentucky’s “Premier Folk Festival” in 2000, Kentucky Music Weekend will again fill the Amphitheater with the sounds of the Bluegrass State’s history through the music of the banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, and vocal harmony.

Parking available at Churchill Park for home U of L football games
With the 2009 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.

Riverside to host Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social this Sunday
Families who are looking for an inexpensive, relaxing afternoon will find a lot to like at the 8th annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social this Sunday, July 12, at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.

Dates set for Summer Chamber Series
Six shows have been 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. The Louisville Orchestra, Metro Parks and Mayor Jerry Abramson have partnered for the third consecutive year for the performances, which will take place beginning July 6 and continuing through the month.

Metro Parks offering 4th of July weekend golf package
In order to encourage local families to visit their municipally-owned golf courses, Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during the 4th of July weekend.

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month with Metro Parks
In honor of National Park and Recreation Month during July, Metro Parks will offer the public a chance to win great prizes by answering daily weekday trivia questions through its Facebook, Twitter and Flickr sites.

Mayor Abramson announces improvements at Blue Lick Park
Okolona area residents can enjoy new recreational opportunities, thanks to $205,000 in improvements completed in Blue Lick Park. The park features a new asphalt walking path with benches, a new swingset, new bench-style swings, resurfaced basketball and tennis courts, a resurfaced and restriped parking lot, and a new drinking fountain.

Cherokee Park roadways to be closed June 28-30 for USA Cycling road race
Several Cherokee Park roadways will be closed from June 28-30 for the USA Cycling Masters Road Championships, which will take place in Louisville through early July.

June 27 Open House Offers Chance to Learn More About Louisville Loop
Bikers, hikers and exercise enthusiasts are encouraged to join Metro Parks staff and Mayor Jerry Abramson at a public event June 27 at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing as they detail the Louisville Loop, a proposed 100-mile paved shared-use path that will encircle Louisville when completed.

Metro Parks Summer Camps to begin Monday, June 8
Metro Parks summer camps begin Monday, June 8, at community centers across Louisville, and spots still remain for this fun, affordable alternative to staying at home. Camps begin Monday and continue through July 31. The camps are geared towards children ages 6-12, except Baxter Community Center, which is hosting a camp for teens ages 13 to 15. Spots are available at each one of the Metro Parks summer camps with the exception of the Sun Valley Community Center, which is sold out.

Metro Parks, Louisville Metro Councilmembers sponsoring free movie nights
The historic Iroquois Amphitheater, located in the natural woodlands backdrop of Iroquois Park in south Louisville, will play host to four family-friendly free movies during the summer months.

Golfers offered a $3 discount during the summer months at Metro Parks courses
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during the summer months at nine Metro Parks courses. Citizens can register for a coupon, redeemable at any of the courses, at The coupon can be applied to greens and cart fees for an 18-hole round on weekdays between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. during June, July and August.

June 6 ceremony to highlight improvements at Waverly Park Lake
LOUISVILLE (May 28, 2009) – Already one of Louisville’s most popular fishing locations, Waverly Park Lake has now become one of its best. Metro Parks officials and District 25 Councilman Doug Hawkins will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 6, at the newly renovated Waverly Park Lake. Visitors will see improvements that include a gravel path around the fishing lake, a new fishing pier and two new picnic shelters, updated fishing areas, expanded parking and newly landscaped grounds.

Metro Parks Celebrates National Trails Day
A new 1.5-mile hiking trail being developed at Jefferson Memorial Forest will, for the first time, connect more than 35 miles of existing hiking trails, but Metro Parks needs your help.

Metro Parks Opens Summer Swimming Pools for Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend is a sign that summer is near, and Metro Parks is doing its part to mark the occasion by opening its four outdoor summer swimming pools. The city’s five free spraygrounds and 17 free spraypads are already running, with two new spraygrounds scheduled to open in July.

Metro Parks Golf offering Family Golf Package over Memorial Day Weekend
Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during the Memorial Day weekend.

Tyler Park, Hogan’s Fountain to be focus of Thursday public meeting
Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host two public meetings on Thursday, May 21, to discuss future plans for Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. The meetings will take place at the Highlands-Shelby Park branch library located at 1250 Bardstown Road in the Mid City Mall. The meetings will be the second in a series to develop master plans for both sites.

Fifth Annual Forest Fest to take place May 16
A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, craft vendors and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s fifth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 16. The concert is free, but parking will be $5 per car.

Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing to celebrate “100 Years On the Ohio”
Abraham Lincoln, George Rogers Clark and Frederick Douglass are a few of the notable historical figures slated to appear at Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing May 16-17. That weekend, Riverside will be presenting, “100 Years On The Ohio,” a historical timeline event representing the years 1765-1865, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Registration underway for 50 and Over Games
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging citizens age 50 and older to take part in Louisville’s Fifty and Over Games from May 11-17. This annual Metro Parks event for athletes from Louisville and surrounding counties includes 17 events for participants of all skills and abilities, from volleyball and a road race to bowling, billiards and corn toss.

Jefferson Memorial Forest receives trail revitalization grant
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 21, 2009) – Thanks to overwhelming public support, the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation and Jefferson Memorial Forest have been awarded a $5,000 grant by Nature Valley and the American Hiking Society’s Save the Trails initiative for new trail construction.

Mayor Abramson announces improvements at Sun Valley Community Center
LOUISVILLE – Sun Valley Community Center just got a lot nicer, thanks to improvements funded by Louisville Metro Government. The popular Southwest Louisville community center now boasts expanded restrooms that will fully accommodate handicapped users for the first time, an improved exercise room, kitchen upgrades, better office space and storage areas, and a new ceiling and new lights in the main gathering area.

Metro Parks staff conducts controlled burns
Metro Parks staff conducted a successful ‘controlled burn’ on 7.5 acres of grassland in the Scott’s Gap section of Jefferson Memorial Forest on April 2, 2009, and then followed up with a controlled burn on April 9, 2009 at Iroquois Park's Summit Field that encompassed 7 acres.

Grand Slam Golf Giveway taking place during April at Metro Parks courses
LOUISVILLE - Golfers who play a round at any of the 9 courses operated by Louisville Metro Government during the month of April will be eligible for one of dozens of great prizes through Metro Parks’ annual Grand Slam Golf Giveaway.

Sign Up for Fun at Metro Parks Summer Camps
Registration is underway for summer camps at Metro Parks community centers across Louisville. The camps will feature safe, fun and educational programming that allow children to experience sports, arts and nature in a wholesome environment. Camps begin on June 8 and continue through July 31.

Louisville to Add Four Spraygrounds, Improve Five Pools for Summer Fun
Louisville’s families will have four brand new spraygrounds and five improved swimming pools to splash into this summer, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Public Encouraged to Participate in Douglass Community Center Survey
Metro Parks has developed a new survey meant to give citizens the chance to offer input on programming and events at the Douglass Community Center, located at 2305 Douglass Avenue in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood.

Historic Locust Grove to host Haydn tribute
The Chamber Music Series at Locust Grove continues on Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m. with forte pianist, Joan Parsley. This musical offering will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death.

Golfers being offered $3 discount during March
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during the month of March at Metro Parks courses. Golfers can register for a coupon, redeemable at any of Metro Parks’ nine public golf courses, at The coupon can be applied to greens and carts fees for an 18-hole round on weekdays between the hours of noon and 4 p.m.

Public meetings on Charlie Vettiner Park, Mahoney Property master plans March 5
Metro Parks will host two public meetings on Thursday, March 5, to discuss future plans for Charlie Vettiner Park and the 95-acre Mahoney Property, which was purchased by Metro Parks in 2007. The meetings will take place at Farmer Elementary School, 6405 Gelhaus Lane, just north of the Gene Snyder/Billtown Road interchange.

Historic Locust Grove to host book sale March 13-15
Historic Locust Grove will hold its fifth annual Used Book Sale Friday through Sunday, March 13-15, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A preview for Friends of Locust Grove will be held Thursday, March 12th, from 5-7:30 p.m.

Tyler Park, Hogan's Fountain to be focus of Feb. 23 public meeting
Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host two public meetings on Monday, February 23, to discuss future plans for Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. The meetings will take place at the Highlands-Shelby Park branch library located at 1250 Bardstown Road in the Mid City Mall.

Memorial Forest to host Paul Yost master planning meeting Feb. 19
Metro Parks will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, to discuss planned improvements to the Paul Yost Recreation Area at the Jefferson Memorial Forest. The meeting will take place at the Forest’s Horine Conference Center, 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road.

Have a romantic Valentine's Day at Jefferson Memorial Forest
A perfect romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits Saturday, February 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $25, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of downtown Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House.

Louisville Tennis Center given state's top honor
The most-used seasonal tennis facility in the state of Kentucky, the Louisville Tennis Center, has been named 2009 “Facility Of The Year” by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky.

More than 40 WinterScene performances to take place over next two months
The 2009 Mayor’s WinterScene includes more than 40 arts performances during January, February and March at more than 30 different sites across Louisville.