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Metro Parks Newsroom - 2014 Archive

Metro Parks Gears Up for “Golftober”
“Golftober” is back! Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation will offer an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses each weekend in October.

McNeely Lake Park Road Project Groundbreaking – September 19
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at McNeely Lake Park to launch a $5.3 million project that will see the construction of a two-mile long road and adjacent shared use path through the 750-acre south Louisville park.

Jack O' Lantern Spectacular Returns to Iroquois Park Tickets Now on Sale for October Event
Local artists will carve more than 5,000 pumpkins which will light a trail the length of five football fields at the base of Iroquois Park. Back for its second year in Louisville, the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular, sponsored by Thorntons, will take place nightly from October 9 through November 2.

Louisville ECHO Receives Major Support from U.S. Forest Service and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kent
The Louisville ECHO program (Louisville is Engaging CHildren Outdoors), Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation’s signature environmental education initiative for fourth-grade students, has received significant support this year with $41,295 in grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service, and $7,500 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Metro Parks & Recreation Launch ‘Beep’ Baseball League for Individuals with Visual Impairments
Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation has launched a Beep Baseball league, an adaptive version of America’s favorite pastime, tailored for people with visual impairments. Developed in the mid 1960’s, beep baseball takes its name from a rechargeable ‘beeping’ device fitted to the regulation 16-inch softball, so that it can be heard by players.

Annual Family-Fun Event Expands, Now Offers “200 Years on the Ohio” at Riverside, the Farnsley-Morem
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing invites visitors to “200 Years On the Ohio” on September 20 and 21, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, on the grounds of the historic property located at 7410 Moorman Road.

Metro Parks Hosts NFL's Punt Pass and Kick Competition
Metro Parks will host a local qualifier for the national NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Louisville Champions Park soccer fields, 2050 River Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 13. (Rain date: September 20)

Families to Receive Labor Day Weekend Discount Through Metro Parks Golf
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 Labor Day Weekend.

Basketball Great Robbie Valentine Hosts Free Sports Leadership Camp for Youth
Local basketball legend Robbie Valentine will host a free Sports Leadership Camp for youth, 10am to Noon, August 11 at the Portland Community Center, 640 N. 27th Street.

Studio 2000 Art Exhibit and Sale Features Young Artists
An eight-week youth visual art ‘learn and earn’ program, Studio 2000, concludes with an art sale and exhibit from 4pm to 8pm, August 8 at the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center, 607 S. 37th Street.

Iroquois Park Northern Overlook Restoration Design Presentation– August 19
Louisville Metro Parks will present a design recommendation for the Northern Overlook in Iroquois Park. The public meeting will be held August 19, 2014 at the Iroquois Amphitheater from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Metro Parks and Recreation Fall Athletic Leagues Registration Now Underway
Metro Parks has begun accepting team registrations for fall athletic leagues – softball, kickball and flag football. Games begin the week of September 2. Participants must be 18 or older. Registration deadline is August 25, or until leagues are filled.

Outdoor Fun and Adventure Offered by Metro Parks at West Louisville Appreciation Festival
Nature-based adventure will be on tap at this year’s West Louisville Appreciation Days in Shawnee Park, when Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division and its partners, including the National Park Service and Outdoor Afro, Louisville offer all sorts of outdoor fun, Saturday, July 26, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Activities include archery, fishing demonstrations, canoeing on the Ohio River, a climbing wall, a bicycle pump track and bicycle safety tips, volunteer-led nature hikes, and more!

Iroquois Park Northern Overlook Restoration Project Public Information Session – July 14
Louisville Metro Parks will offer an orientation/education walking tour as part of the design process for the Northern Overlook Restoration Project.

Metro Parks Fourth of July Holiday Family Golf Discount Offer Good July 4 through July 6
Metro Parks and Recreation is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses over the Fourth of July weekend, beginning Friday, July 4 and running through Sunday, July 6.

Great American Backyard Campout at Jefferson Memorial Forest, June 28-29
The annual Great American Backyard Campout happens Saturday, June 28, 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 29, 10:00 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Summertime Recreation, Education, Fitness Opportunities on Tap for Louisville Teens
Mayor Greg Fischer invites Louisville teens to take advantage of an array of summertime activities offered through Louisville Metro to provide positive experiences, learning, and fun! The Mayor’s proposed budget includes significant investment in youth development programs throughout the city this summer, including support to Metro Parks & Recreation for activities geared specifically for teenagers.

10th Annual Forest Fest Bluegrass Festival – May 17 at Jefferson Memorial Forest
A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, craft vendors and youth activities in a scenic environment awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s tenth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 17.

Hershey’s Track & Field Games Registration Underway through Metro Parks & Recreation
Kids between the ages of 9 and 14 who love to run, jump and throw are invited to sign up for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games, to be held at 6 p.m. on May 22 at Fern Creek Traditional High School Football Stadium, 9115 Fern Creek Road, Louisville KY.

Metro Parks Hosting “Pitch, Hit & Run”™ Competition – May 10
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation will host Pitch, Hit and Run™, the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball®, presented by Scotts®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

2014 Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour Underway
Younger golfers looking to gain competitive and fun golfing experience in tournament play are invited to participate in the annual Metro Parks Junior Golf Tour.

Mayor Fischer accepts “Tree City USA” award at Arbor Day event
Louisville has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. The city has earned this recognition for more than a dozen years and Mayor Greg Fischer accepted the award on behalf of the city at the Louisville Arbor Day Festival, held at Iroquois Park.

Diabetes Prevention Program for Youth Offered at Metro Parks Community Centers
A free diabetes prevention and management education program for youth will be offered at six Metro Parks community centers in April and May.

Metro Arts Center Spring Classes Beginning in April, May
The Metro Arts Center offers classes in the fine and applied arts for youth, teens, adults and seniors, and registration is underway for spring classes beginning in mid-April and May. Pottery, painting, photography, cartooning, silversmithing, and more—there’s something for everyone, and all skill levels are welcome.

Partial Demolition Work to Begin at Louisville Extreme Park
Demolition work is set to begin at the Louisville Extreme Park. Approximately one-third of the park will be demolished and reconstructed on adjacent property to make way for construction of the flyover ramps that will support the new Louisville-Southern Indiana downtown bridge.

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

Metro Parks Community Centers Provide Spring Break Activities for Youth
Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation welcomes children and teens to its community centers for special spring break programs.

Metro Parks and Recreation Spring Adult Athletic Leagues Registration Underway
Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation is accepting team registrations for spring athletic leagues – softball, kickball and flag football. Games begin the week of May 5. Participants must be 18 or older. Registration deadline is April 28, or until leagues are filled.

Annual Plant and Herb Sale, April 12 & 13 At 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 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, Noon to 3 p.m. (An Early Bird Sale will take place Friday, April 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Volunteers Needed for National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships, In Louisville April
Volunteers are needed to assist as Louisville again hosts the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships. The event runs April 3-6, at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane.

Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center Presents Youth Art Series “Leaving Footprints”
The opening reception for the “Leaving Footprints” youth art series will be held March 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Park's Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, 607 South 37th Street.

Coral Ridge Elementary Students to Plant 200 Trees at Caperton Swamp Park
Fourth-graders from Coral Ridge Elementary School will plant 200 native trees at Caperton Swamp Park, 3916 River Road, on Friday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Registration Underway
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation is again offering summer camps at its twelve community centers.

Volunteers Needed for U.S. Quad Rugby Association National Championship Tournament, In Louisville Ma
Volunteers are needed to assist as Louisville again welcomes the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) National Championship Tournament. The event runs March 21-23 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, and is free and open to the public. Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation and Frazier Rehab Institute are the local co-hosts for the tournament, and 2014 marks the eighth year the tournament has been held in Louisville.

Two Parks Selected for Macy’s “Heart Your Park” Fundraising Program in Louisville
The Parklands of Floyds Fork and Iroquois Park have been selected as recipients in “Heart Your Park,” a fundraising program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country.

Golf Special for March: $3 off at Louisville Metro Parks Courses
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during March at Metro Parks golf courses.

Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust Earns National Recognition
The Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust has achieved national accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

Thunder Over Louisville RV Parking, Tent Camping Available at Eva Bandman Park
Thunder Over Louisville fans making plans for a place to park their RV, pitch a tent or park their car have an option that’s close to the action. Metro Parks is selling passes for Thunder weekend at Eva Bandman Park, 1701 River Road, for the fourth consecutive year.

Oldham County Historic, Scenic Land Protected Through Conservation Easement
The donation of a conservation easement in Oldham County will ensure that 167 acres of scenic farmland and woodlands will remain forever protected from development. Dinwiddie Lampton III and Irene D. Lampton are donating the easement to Louisville Metro Government through the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust.

Band Lineup Announced for 2014 Forest Fest at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Grammy-nominated bluegrass artist Noam Pikelny is slated to headline the Forest Fest Bluegrass Festival on May 17 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Valentine Hikes at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Romantic Valentine evenings await on February 14 and 15 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $30, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth.

Metro Parks Natural Areas Seeks New Volunteers
Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division has revamped its volunteer program and is looking for new volunteers in the new year! A variety of volunteer opportunities are available to support stewardship, education and recreation within natural areas across the community, including Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Metro Arts Center Winter Classes Beginning
The Metro Arts Center offers classes in the fine and applied arts for youth, teens, adults and seniors, and the new schedule of winter classes is underway.