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Metro Parks Newsroom - 2012 Archive


12/19/2012
Metro Parks Community Centers Ready To Provide Winter Break Fun for Youth
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation once again welcomes children to its community centers for special winter break programs. A full schedule of activities is planned, designed to keep children engaged in positive and educational play during this out of school time, including arts and crafts, music, field trips, fitness, table games, swimming, dance, basketball tournaments, and much more.

12/5/2012
Gift-giving ideas from Metro Parks
Louisville Metro Parks offers hundreds of gift-giving options for the holidays, making it easy to find just the right gift for that ‘hard-to-buy-for’ person. With a selection that includes items for golfers, nature enthusiasts, history buffs, art and music lovers, there really is something for everyone on the list!

11/29/2012
Enjoy the Holidays with Metro Parks!
Metro Parks offers a variety of fun holiday events for the whole family throughout the month of December. Below are just a few of the festivities… be sure to check our website http://www.Metro-Parks.org/Calendar/, for the complete Metro Parks calendar of events.

11/27/2012
2013 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book On Sale Now
The 2013 Louisville Metro Parks Golf Discount Book is available for purchase, just in time for holiday gift-giving.

11/15/2012
McNeely Lake Park Public Meeting November 29th
Louisville Metro Parks will host a public meeting on the master planning process for McNeely Lake Park. The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilt Elementary School, 6700 Price Lane, Louisville KY.

11/2/2012
$50,000 UPS Grant Expands “The First Tee” Youth Program at Seneca Golf Course
A $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation will enable The First Tee of Louisville, a life skills youth development program, to construct a youth golf course at Metro Parks’ Seneca Golf Course.

10/31/2012
Registration for Adult Metro Parks Basketball Leagues Underway
Metro Parks is now accepting team registrations for adult men’s basketball leagues at the Athletics office, located at the Louisville Tennis Center across from the Louisville Zoo on Trevillian Way.

10/19/2012
Louisville Loop Public Meeting, November 13th
Louisville Metro Parks invites the public to participate in master planning of the Fairdale to Floyds Fork Shared-Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan for the Louisville Loop, Tuesday, November 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville KY.

10/18/2012
Louisville Metro Parks Achieves National Reaccreditation
Louisville Metro Parks has earned national re-accreditation, conferred by the Commission for the Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The designation means that Metro Parks, which first earned accreditation five years ago, remains ranked among the nation’s best parks and recreation departments.

10/15/2012
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Outdoor Adventure at Jefferson Memorial Forest
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike and Outdoor Adventure takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest Saturday, Oct. 20 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. This eighth annual hike is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, encouraging better health and wellness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity.

10/4/2012
Canoe Adventures for Youth and Families: Rides Launch From Two Metro Parks
Explore the great outdoors by canoeing the Ohio River! Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA), in partnership with Metro Parks’ Jefferson Memorial Forest, aims to introduce youth and families to the beauty of the Ohio by offering free rides in Voyageur canoes. Rides will leave from Shawnee Park on October 5 and Riverview Park on October 6.

10/1/2012
“Wild and Woolly In The Woods”: Zombie Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Join the ranks of the ‘walking dead’ for a frightfully good time at “Wild and Woolly In The Woods”, at Jefferson Memorial Forest, October 13. It’s the second annual zombie hike at the forest and gets underway at 7 p.m. All attending are encouraged to wear their best zombie attire!

9/25/2012
Metro Parks Gears Up for "Golftober"
During every weekend of October, Metro Parks will offer an affordable family golfing package at each of its nine golf courses known as, “Golftober!”

9/11/2012
Metro Parks Prepares for Camping Season
Minutes away from Metro Louisville, the Forest offers a convenient yet remote tent camping experience. Located within the Horine Reservation, the campground is adjacent to the Forest’s trail system and can accommodate both families and groups.

8/27/2012
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.

8/22/2012
Mayor Fischer Accepts $10,000 Park Improvement Grant from Sprite
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined Louisville Metro Parks officials today in accepting a $10,000 grant from Sprite that will go toward refurbishing the basketball court at Portland Park.

8/22/2012
Outdoor Skills Programs Offered at Jefferson Memorial Forest
As the heat of summer cools down, the great outdoors beckons, and Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering two courses designed to help everyone feel comfortable and confident in exploring the beauty of the forest and other natural areas in the region.

8/9/2012
Heritage Hall Offers Seniors a Fun Time at the Kentucky State Fair
Heritage Hall will provide Seniors 55 and over with a comfortable, relaxed and fun environment at the Kentucky State Fair, August 16 – 26.

8/7/2012
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on A.B. Sawyer Park Master Plan
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, August 21, to discuss future plans for A.B. Sawyer Park. The meeting will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road.

7/27/2012
Golfers Offered $3 Discount During August at Metro Parks Courses
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during August at Metro Parks golf courses.

7/26/2012
Hiking & Canoeing Events July 28 At Jefferson Memorial Forest
Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering two ways to enjoy the great outdoors on Saturday, July 28: A Guided Hike at Moremans Hill and Family Canoe Day at Tom Wallace Lake.

7/25/2012
Iroquois Amphitheater Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
A highlight of the 2012 season is the “Iroquois Amphitheater Presents” production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s well-known and well-loved comedic operetta H.M.S. Pinafore., runs August 17 – 25. A nautical comedy set to some of the duo’s most witty and memorable lyrics and melodies, it includes a tale of love across class boundaries, of rousing patriotism, and of how to employ the unqualified!

7/23/2012
Metro Parks Offers Convenient Parking for the 2012 U of L Football Season
With the 2012 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.

7/17/2012
Registration for Metro Parks Fall Athletics Leagues Begins July 30th
With fall just around the corner, Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for fall athletic leagues on July 30, at the Athletics office, located at the Louisville Tennis Center, 3783 Illinois Ave, (across from the Louisville Zoo on Trevilian Way).

7/12/2012
New DREAM Playground Dedicated At Petersburg Park
Gathering with dozens of children, park supporters and city officials, Mayor Greg Fischer today dedicated a new playground at Petersburg Park in the Newburg neighborhood.

7/11/2012
Louisville Loop Public Meeting, July 31st
Louisville Metro Parks invites the public to participate in master planning of the Fairdale to Floyds Fork Shared-Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan for the Louisville Loop, Tuesday, July 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville KY.

7/9/2012
Metro Parks "Take Your Daughter to the Course" Golf Special - July 14 & 15
Metro Parks will offer free greens fees to girls aged 17 or younger the weekend of July 14-15 as part of the national “Take Your Daughter to the Course” promotion. To qualify for the free greens fee, each girl must be accompanied by one paying adult. The offer is good after 4:30 p.m. both days.

7/2/2012
Roadway Access Design for McNeely Lake Park: Input Sought at July 17 Public Meeting
Louisville Metro Parks is hosting a public meeting to gather input on how best to provide roadway access and bicycle/pedestrian facilities to the various sections of McNeely Lake Park.

6/29/2012
Independence Week Family Events at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Jefferson Memorial Forest is celebrating the Independence Day holiday week by offering family-friendly activities, July 5 through July 7.

6/26/2012
Metro Parks Fourth of July Golf Special: Family Golf Discount on the 4th!
Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses on the Fourth of July.

6/26/2012
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social At Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing
The entire family is invited to enjoy a day of fun on the banks of the Ohio River as Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing hosts the 11th annual “Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social”, July 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The historic property is located at 7410 Moorman Road.

6/20/2012
Louisville Metro Parks Achieves Designation as U.S. Paralympic Sport Club
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has designated Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation a Paralympic Sport Club.

6/18/2012
Great American Campout at Jefferson Memorial Forest, June 23-24
The annual Great American Campout happens Saturday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

6/13/2012
Hershey’s Track & Field Games State Meet to Be Held in Louisville June 21st
The Hershey’s Track & Field Games for youths ages 9-14 will be held at Fern Creek Traditional High School on June 21 at 2012. Approximately 200 boys and girls from Louisville, Bardstown, Hebron and Elizabethtown will compete

6/7/2012
Metro Parks Golf Discount Book: A Great Father's Day Gift!
Parents and children may not always agree on radio stations or fashion trends, but perhaps some common ground can be found on the golf course this upcoming Father’s Day. The Metro Parks Golf Discount Book is a gift dad will love and the whole family can enjoy!

5/16/2012
Mayor Fischer Helps Unveil $500,000 in Improvements to Breslin Park
Joined by neighbors, park supporters and school children, Mayor Greg Fischer today dedicated an array of major improvements and additions at Breslin Park, showcasing the new amenities and upgrades in the long-anticipated overhaul of the Irish Hill neighborhood park at the corner of Payne Street and Lexington Road.

5/7/2012
A Portion of Eastern Parkway Will Close Temporarily to Ensure Safe Tree Removal
On Tuesday, May 8, Metro Parks Forestry Division will begin removing four Pin Oak trees along Eastern Parkway.

5/7/2012
Metro Parks Tennis Center Expands Reach of Popular Adult Tennis Clinics
Named “Facility Of The Year” by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky in 2009, the Louisville Tennis Center looks to respond to an increase in demand for tennis clinics in local neighborhoods.

4/27/2012
Roadway Access Design for McNeely Lake Park: Input Sought at May 8 Public Meeting
Louisville Metro Parks is hosting a public meeting to gather input on the creation of a connector road and transportation facilities within McNeely Lake Park. The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilt Elementary School, 6700 Price Lane, Louisville KY.

4/25/2012
Mayor Fischer Officially Opens Iroquois Amphitheater 2012 Season
Mayor celebrates amphitheater as thriving performing arts venue; touts season offering mix of high-profile concerts, theatrical productions, films, local artists

4/20/2012
Mayor Fischer accepts “Tree City USA” awards at Louisville Arbor Day Festival
Louisville has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 11th year Louisville has earned this recognition. Mayor Greg Fischer accepted the award on behalf of the city at the Louisville Arbor Day Festival, held today at Shawnee Park.

4/3/2012
2012 Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour: Begins April 9th
Younger golfers looking to gain competitive experience in tournament play are invited to participate in the annual Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour.

3/30/2012
Louisville Loop Public Meeting
Louisville Metro Parks invites the public to attend an initial meeting for the master planning of the Fairdale to Floyds Fork section of the Louisville Loop, Monday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville KY.

3/29/2012
Elementary School Students' Nature Learning Takes Center Stage at Iroquois Amphitheater
Students from five Louisville elementary schools will take to the stage April 4 and 5 at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, offering presentations that demonstrate knowledge gained through participation in the nature-based Louisville ECHO program.

3/29/2012
Metro Parks Special for April: Grand Slam Golf Giveaway
During the month of April, golfers who play a round at any of the nine courses operated by Louisville Metro Government will be entered to win one of several great prizes through the Metro Parks’ annual Grand Slam Golf Giveaway.

3/27/2012
Annual Plant and Herb Sale - Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate the return of spring with its annual Plant and Herb Sale on Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from Noon to 3 p.m. An Early Bird Sale will take place on Friday, April 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

3/19/2012
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on Charlie Vettiner Park Master Plan
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss future plans for Charlie Vettiner Park.

3/7/2012
Discover The Loop!
A Waterfront Park gathering today celebrated the unveiling of the Louisville Loop’s Big Four Bridge trailhead.

3/6/2012
Thunder Over Louisville RV Parking, Tent Camping Available at Eva Bandman Park
Thunder Over Louisville fans making last-minute plans for a place to park their RV, pitch a tent or park their car have an option that’s close to the action.

2/24/2012
Metro Parks Summer Camp Registration Begins March 5th
Metro Parks will begin accepting registrations for summer camp for kids beginning Monday, March 5th at all summer camp sites (listed below), and goes through Friday, June 8th. Summer camp is an eight-week program, beginning the week of June 4th and running through July 27th.

2/24/2012
Golf Special for March: $3 off at Louisville Metro Parks Courses
The mild winter has meant more golfing opportunities, and now golfing is even more affordable with a $3 discount during March at all nine Metro Parks golf courses.

2/21/2012
Shawnee/Portland Neighborhoods Livability Plan – Public Meeting - Feb. 28th
Metro Parks and the Shawnee/Portland Livability project Advisory Committee will host a public meeting Tuesday, February 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

2/16/2012
Southwest Greenways Master Plan Presentation at Public Meeting
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Monday, March 5, to present the Southwest Greenways master plan. The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fairdale Playtorium, 10616 W. Manslick Road.

2/16/2012
Metro Parks Spring Adult Athletic Leagues Registration Begins March 1st
Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for spring athletic leagues beginning Tuesday, March 1 at the Athletics office, across from the Louisville Zoo at 3783 Illinois Avenue.

2/15/2012
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on Olmsted Parkways Plan - March 6th
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, March 6, to reintroduce and describe the Olmsted Parkways Shared Use Path plan, a bicycle/pedestrian improvement project. The meeting will take place from 6:00 to 8:30pm at the South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard.

2/2/2012
Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: 2012 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book
Looking for a creative gift for your golf-loving Valentine? The 2012 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book is a great way to say “I love you” by giving the gift of healthy, fun, outdoor activity, and huge savings through the rest of the year!

2/1/2012
Valentine Hikes at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Romantic Valentine evenings await on Monday, February 13th, and Tuesday February 14th, at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

1/9/2012
A.B. Sawyer Public Meeting Jan. 17th
Metro Parks will host a public meeting on Tuesday, January 17, to discuss future plans for A.B. Sawyer Park. The meeting will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road.