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Top 10 winter activities in your Metro Parks

Tuesday January 24, 2006

It may be winter, but there's always something to do in your Metro Parks, whether you're the type to venture outdoors regardless of the temperature, or the type who turns to the great indoors for winter recreation.  Read on to find the top 10 most popular activities and get going!

  1. Go sledding.  When there's at least a couple inches of snow on the ground, Metro Parks opens seven sledding hills from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Speed down the hill in your sled, then come back up and enjoy a warm bonfire.
  2. Take a hike!  Metro Parks offers more than 40 miles of marked hiking trails in Jefferson Memorial Forest and Otter Creek Park.  Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the crisp air during the winter.
  3. Learn skills that you can use outdoors during the winter -- including campfire cooking and bird-watching -- from the talented naturalists who work in Jefferson Memorial Forest.  The nation's largest municipal urban forest offers guided nature programs throughout the year.
  4. Jog, run or walk to your nearest park.  Local parks offer more than 40 miles of paved exercise paths.  On warm days, you'll see lots of your neighbors out getting some exercise.  On cold days, you'll see those dedicated individuals whose daily routine includes exercise regardless of weather conditions!  
  5. Get a head start on getting back into peak golfing form.  While other members of your summer foursome are staying indoors, shake the cobwebs off your golf clubs and improve your swing while enjoying reduced winter rates on our nine public golf courses.  Our golf pros are available for individual lessons if you really want to win bragging rights this year!
  6. Take a dip in the indoor pool or lift some weights at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center.  Our pool is open seven days a week, year-round, with lap swimming, aqua exercise, learn-to-swim classes, exercise equipment, and more!  You can pay each time you go, or enjoy the savings of individual and family memberships!
  7. Shoot some hoops, work out, or meet your neighbors at one of our 17 community centers.  Community centers offer citizens of all ages a variety of affordable recreational opportunities throughout the year.
  8. Reel in a record-sized fish at one of our 22 stocked fishing lakes, or come home with a great story about "the one that got away."  Our fishing lakes are popular throughout the year.
  9. Learn silversmithing, paper-making and doll-making techniques at the Metro Arts Center, which offers affordable classes in the fine and applied arts throughout the year.
  10. Gain a new perspective on Louisville's unique history by visiting Louisville Metro's historic properties, including Locust Grove and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.  Both properties offer guided home tours and other public programs.  Don't forget to visit the gift shop!