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Metro Parks Newsroom - 2010 Archive

Metro Parks announces holiday schedule for Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, Community Centers
Some Metro Parks facilities will be closed on a limited basis during the 2010 holiday season, officials announced today.

Metro Parks announces six sites for public sledding this winter
For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. Metro Parks wants to remind the public it will open hills in six parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.

Mayor announces partnership between Metro Parks, Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program
When considering their fitness-related New Year’s resolutions, older adults in Louisville can take comfort in knowing they have access to a program designed to help them achieve their best health in 2011.

Metro Parks seeking input on Louisville Loop Signage System
Runners, cyclists and exercise enthusiasts are invited to a public meeting on Monday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse to discuss the development of a sign and wayfinding master plan for the Louisville Loop, a 100-mile shared-use path encircling the city of Louisville.

Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center to host Holiday Open House
The Natural Areas Division of Louisville Metro Parks is inviting the public to a holiday open house at the Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing Begins Winter Hours December 5
The shorter days and cooler temperatures of winter will mean a shortened week at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing beginning Dec. 5.

Registration for adult Metro Parks basketball leagues begins today
Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for adult men’s basketball leagues beginning today at the Athletics office, located at the Louisville Tennis Center across from the Louisville Zoo on Trevillian Way.

30th Annual Light Up Louisville Celebration to illuminate downtown Louisville Nov. 26
Light Up Louisville, the city’s annual holiday celebration, is turning 30 this year – and Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging residents to bring their families downtown the day after Thanksgiving for what is expected to be the best event yet.

Registration Underway for Run Run Rudolph 5K Race
Fitness, competition and holiday cheer will be in the air the day after Thanksgiving, as the city will host the 2nd annual Run Run Rudolph 5K run/walk through the streets of downtown Louisville.

Mayor Abramson opens new cyclocross course at Eva Bandman Park
Where some may have simply seen empty public space, Mayor Jerry Abramson, Metro Parks officials and USA Cycling had a different vision for River Road’s Eva Bandman Park.

Metro Parks Community Centers hosting a plethora of Halloween-related activities
A full slate of Halloween fun is in store at several of Metro Parks community centers located throughout the Louisville area next week, with many planning free parties or events for local children.

Mayor joined by Unseld, McAnulty families to dedicate Central Park tennis complex
Two of Louisville’s most visionary African-American leaders were honored today with a dedication of an upgraded tennis court complex in Old Louisville’s Central Park.

Metro Parks hosting open house meeting to plan for corridor refinement of Louisville Loop
While construction along the southwest section of the Louisville Loop has progressed, the city of Louisville is seeking to make enhancements to the shared-use trail recreational enthusiasts of all types can enjoy.

Mayor’s Hike coming to Jefferson Memorial Forest Oct. 16
The sixth annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and get your pumpkins, take a hay ride, and hike through the forest at the height of fall color.

Eva Bandman Park to be closed through Oct. 20
Eva Bandman Park, located along River Road east of downtown Louisville, will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. today through October 20 as crews put the finishing touches on Louisville’s new cyclo-cross course.

Louisville Metro Government seeking tree for Light Up Louisville
One person’s tree could become a community treasure during this holiday season in Louisville!

Mayor Announces Upgrades for West Louisville’s Algonquin Park
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Third District Councilwoman Mary Woolridge and Metro Parks officials gathered at Algonquin Park in west Louisville today to announce $880,000 in improvements to the 16-acre park, located at Cypress Street and Burwell Avenue.

Waverly Park Road to be closed from Oct. 4-15 for construction, paving
West Louisville’s Waverly Park will be closed from Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 15 as crews repave and make drainage improvements along Waverly Park Road, which bisects much of the 300-acre park.

Public meetings on Charlie Vettiner Park, Mahoney Property master plans October 11
Metro Parks will host two public meetings on Monday, October 11, 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.

Ground Broken for Playground for Children With Disabilities in Shawnee Park
Several years ago, Mitchell Barnes expressed the wish to be able to play alongside other kids his age in a playground. However, his condition – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – made going to a conventional playground extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Online survey launched for future Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources launched an online survey this week to gain public input as it plans for future uses of the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County. The survey will remain open until Oct. 15.

October is "Golftober" at Metro Parks Courses With Family Golfing Package
While the temperatures outside are finally cooling off, Metro Parks is heating up this fall by offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during October weekends.

Historic Locust Grove Announces Sept. 26 Fall Antiques Fair
For 31 years Locust Grove’s twice yearly antiques fair has offered antiques for the collector and for the general public. 90 professional antique dealers will be set up on the beautiful grounds of Locust Grove offering formal and American country antiques, silver, porcelain, jewelry, art and more. There’s also a tasty selection of food and drinks available.

Beargrass Creek Greenway cleanup to commemorate National Public Lands Day
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 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing 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, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the site will see historical re-enactors demonstrating the tools, weaponry, clothing, pastimes and cooking of the various periods represented. Admission to the site is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; and $3 for children per day.

Metro Parks, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin hosting final master planning meeting for Petersburg Park
The master planning process for Petersburg Park in the Newburg neighborhood will conclude with a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20, at the Newburg Branch Library, 4800 Exeter Avenue.

Legendary Band The Monarchs To Play Iroquois Amphitheater Sept. 12
The Monarchs, best known as “Louisville’s Music Ambassadors” and a band celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2010, will perform a free concert at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Sunday, September 12, beginning at 5 p.m.

Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center re-opens for business today
The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, which has been closed for the past three weeks for renovations and planned maintenance, has re-opened today. While the main pool is open, the warm water therapy pool will remain closed to patrons through the rest of the year. Metro Parks continues to make improvements to the center, which includes a new roof, a brand new exercise room and newly renovated weight and locker rooms. Metro Parks is planning to host fitness classes in the new exercise room. About the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center: Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center is located at 201 Reservoir Road in Crescent Hill Park. The facility features an Olympic pool that offers lap swimming, water exercise and swim lessons; a therapy pool; and a fitness center with Cybex, free weight and cardio equipment. Regular hours are Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Close Encounters" to be re-shown at Iroquois Amphitheater September 25
The sci-fi classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” which was to be shown as part of the Iroquois Amphitheater’s free Monday Movie Series August 23, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 25 at 8 p.m.

Mayor Helps Break Ground on New Clubhouse at Charlie Vettiner Golf Course
Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, located on Mary Dell Lane in eastern Louisville, has long been considered one of the jewels of the Metro Parks golf system.

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 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25.

Parks to be closed to vehicle, boat access in cooperation with Ford Ironman Triathlon
Several Metro Parks along the River Road corridor will be closed to vehicle and boat access during the Ford Ironman Triathlon on Sunday, August 29.

Louisville’s Newest Sprayground Opens in Petersburg Park
Louisville’s newest sprayground at Petersburg Park is the fourth to open this year and will be matched by four new facilities next year under a Metro Parks Aquatics Plan.

Construction begins on Parklands of Floyds Fork demonstration project
Mayor Jerry Abramson and officials from 21st Century Parks were joined by local preschool children today to break ground for The Creekside Playground and Sprayground, the initial demonstration project for The Parklands of Floyds Fork.

WorldFest Coming Labor Day Weekend
With more than 80 languages spoken in Jefferson County Public Schools and almost half of the city’s population growth over the last 15 years coming from international residents, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before.

Mary T. Meagher Center to be closed through September 6
The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center will be closed through September 6 for routine annual maintenance and to prepare for the installation of a new roof at the center.

Purchase of Metro Parks property allows for Raptor Rehab expansion
The purchase of 4.25 acres of Metro Parks property will allow Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky to expand its program from its current facility, located on Southern Avenue off Six Mile Lane.

Several Cherokee Park roadways to be closed Wednesday-Friday
Several Cherokee Park roadways will be closed from August 4-6 for the USA Cycling Masters Road Championships.

Extreme Park to be closed August 17-19 for repairs
The Louisville Extreme Park will be closed from Tuesday, August 17 to Thursday, August 19 for repairs.

Mayor Opens New Sprayground in LaPorte Park
Building on the popularity of recently-constructed spraygrounds, Mayor Jerry Abramson joined in opening a new aquatic play area in LaPorte Park today. Louisville’s children now have ten spraygrounds available, with five more under development.

35th Annual Kentucky Music Weekend festival coming to Iroquois Amphitheater
For the 35TH consecutive year, Kentucky Music Weekend will bring the finest folk musicians and Kentucky traditions to Louisville's Iroquois Amphitheater and the tree-lined area nearby on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31.

Metro Parks offering U of L Football Parking at Churchill Park for 2010 Season
With the 2010 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.

Golden Dragon Acrobats to perform at Iroquois Amphitheater on July 23
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Friday, July 23, at 8 p.m., becoming the latest national act to provide perfect family entertainment at the South Louisville facility.

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing to host “Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social” July 11
There isn’t a better or more refreshing treat on a hot summer day than an ice cream cone.

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 for the third consecutive year.

Registration for Summer/Fall Metro Parks Athletic Leagues begins Tuesday, July 6
With fall just around the corner, Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for summer/fall athletic leagues beginning Tuesday, July 6 at the Athletics office, located at the Louisville Tennis Center across from the Louisville Zoo on Trevilian Way.

Metro Parks adjusting operating hours at Norton Swimming Pool
Families will have an extra hour each day to enjoy Norton Swimming Pool thanks to a new schedule. The pool, in Camp Taylor Park, will open at 11 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. daily, except for Thursday, when the facility is closed.

Tips to Help Citizens Stay Safe on Sizzling Days
As temperatures and humidity levels rise, citizens must take extra care to stay cool and protect their health.

Mayor Abramson kicks off 2010 First Tee youth golf program
Louisville’s First Tee Program has introduced thousands of local children to the game of golf, and nearly $100,000 in recent improvements to the three-hole AT&T Golf Academy will guarantee that work will continue, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today at Shawnee Golf Course.

Councilman Unseld joins Metro Parks To Break Ground on New Tennis Courts in Central Park
New tennis courts are coming to Central Park, thanks to a collaboration between Metro Councilman George Unseld (D-6), Metro Parks, and citizens who play on the park’s public courts.

Country star Travis Tritt to headline June 25 show at Louisville's Iroquois Amphitheater
The sounds of country music and southern rock will echo from the Iroquois Amphitheater on Friday, June 25, as headliner Travis Tritt will be joined by Blackberry Smoke for an 8 p.m. concert in the historic venue, located off New Cut Road within Iroquois Park.

Jefferson Memorial Forest Celebrates National Trails Day by Opening Yost Ridge Trail
Jefferson Memorial Forest will celebrate the opening of a new hiking trail which begins at the Welcome Center at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, to commemorate National Trails Day.

Metro Parks Summer Pools to open Saturday
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 nine free spraygrounds and 16 free spraypads are already running, with two new spraygrounds scheduled to open later this summer.

Metro Parks seeking volunteers, participants in Reds Rookie Success League - Louisville
Parents who are looking for the perfect way to introduce their children to the national pastime are encouraged to sign up for the Metro Parks/Cincinnati Reds Rookie Success League, which begins on Tuesday, June 8.

Metro Parks, Councilwoman Shanklin hosting 2nd master planning meeting for Petersburg Park
The master planning process for Petersburg Park in the Newburg neighborhood continues with a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, at the Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue.

Sixth Annual Forest Fest to Feature "Dailey and Vincent"
A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, crafters, vendors and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s sixth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 15. The concert is free, but parking is $5 per carload.

Community Meeting on Cherokee Park’s Hogan’s Fountain Area May 20
Louisvillians who use Cherokee Park will have another opportunity to comment on a proposed master plan for the Hogan’s Fountain area of that park.

Annual 50 and Over Games to Feature Best in Senior Competition
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging citizens age 50 and older to take part in Louisville’s Fifty and Over Games from May 15-23. This annual Metro Parks event for athletes from Louisville and surrounding counties includes 17 events for participants of all skills and abilities, from racquetball to basketball, golf, tennis and cycling.

Public Meeting Will Outline Route Alternatives for Louisville Loop’s Northeast Route
Metro Parks will present the master plan for routing the Louisville Loop through the city’s northeastern neighborhoods during a community meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. The meeting takes place at Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane.

Mayor Opens New Spraygrounds in Shelby, Wyandotte Parks
Building on the popularity of recently-constructed spraygrounds, Mayor Jerry Abramson opened two new aquatic play areas in local parks today. Louisville’s children now have nine free spraygrounds available, with seven more under development.

Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors
LOUISVILLE (April 22, 2010) – Individually, they represent 49 Louisville-area schools. Collectively, they are the cream of the crop of local graduating seniors.

Mayor Abramson Opens Champions Park Dog Run
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.

April events to showcase Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
Local residents are encouraged to enjoy the springtime beauty and tranquility at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, with two events during April at the 1830s-era historic site, located along the Ohio River in southwest Louisville.

Metro Parks to host free, Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
The home of the Louisville Slugger might produce the next Major League Baseball superstar this spring through two competitions hosted by Metro Parks.

Golf Course Rate Increases Take Effect April 1
For the first time in two years, Metro Parks has adopted minimal increases in greens fees at the nine public golf courses it operates throughout Louisville. The new rates take effect on April 1.

Sign Up For Fun at 2010 Metro Parks Summer Camps
Registration begins Tuesday, March 30, for summer camps at 14 Metro Parks community centers across Louisville. The camps will feature safe, fun and educational programming allowing children to experience fitness, arts and nature in a wholesome environment. Camps begin on June 7 and continue through July 30.

Metro Parks seeking sponsors for 2nd annual Junior Golf Tour
LOUISVILLE (March 12, 2010) – Younger golfers who are looking to gain competitive experience in tournament play this summer are invited to participate in the second annual Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour, held during June and July on six dates at various courses throughout Louisville.

Golfers being offered $3 discount during March at Metro Parks courses
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during March at Metro Parks golf courses. Golfers can register for a coupon, redeemable at any of Metro Parks’ nine public golf courses, at The coupon can be applied for tee times made weekdays between the hours of noon and 4 p.m., and on weekends from 2-4 p.m. The purchase of an 18-hole round with a cart rental is required for the discount.

Registration for Spring/Summer Metro Parks Athletic Leagues underway
LOUISVILLE (March 1, 2010) – With spring just around the corner, Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for spring and summer athletic leagues beginning today, Monday, March 1 at the Athletics office, across from the Louisville Zoo at 3783 Illinois Avenue.

Metro Parks hosting initial master planning meeting for Petersburg Park
LOUISVILLE (March 1, 2010) – The master planning process for Petersburg Park in the Newburg neighborhood will begin with a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 15, at Newburg Middle School, 4901 Exeter Avenue.

Metro Parks, Olmsted Parks Conservancy hosting final Hogan’s Fountain planning meeting
LOUISVILLE (February 11, 2010) – Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host the final public meeting to discuss future plans for the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park on Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Highlands-Shelby Park branch library, located at 1250 Bardstown Road in the Mid City Mall.

Saturday road closures to impact Cherokee, Seneca parks
The following roads will be closed briefly, impacting traffic through Seneca and Cherokee Park for the Snowman Shuffle Run/Walk on Saturday, February 13.

Cyclo-cross World Championship Events Coming to Louisville
USA Cycling announced that Louisville was chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale to host the 2013 Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships and the 2012 and 2013 Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships.

Jefferson Memorial Forest offering Valentine’s Day hike for couples
A romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $25, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House.

Some Cherokee Park roads to be closed briefly for 5K run on Saturday
Some local roads though and nearby Cherokee Park will be closed to traffic on Saturday, January 16 for the Frostbite 5K run. The closures are as follows:

Metro Parks, Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Fitness Classes
Just in time for the new year, Metro Parks and the Department of Public Health and Wellness are collaborating to offer free fitness classes at various Metro Parks community centers.