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Find Great Holiday Gifts While Supporting Local Parks and Recreation Programs

Tuesday 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.

  • GOLF: Metro Parks offers gift certificates, valid for anything from a single round of golf at one of Louisville’s nine municipal courses to an annual pass that will cover greens fees throughout the year. Also, for the first time, Metro Parks is selling Golf Trail Passes for $25 that offer discounts throughout the year on rounds, lessons and club fittings as well as free driving range tokens and more. Call 502/456-8134 or visit for more information. You may also purchase trail passes at your favorite Metro Parks course. 
  • ARTS: The Metro Arts Center offers classes for those interested in acquiring or refining a particular artistic skill. Offerings include everything from learning how to paint and sculpt to playing the guitar. To buy a gift certificate or find out more about the Metro Arts Center, call 502/937-2055 or visit
  • SWIMMING and FITNESS: The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center offers year-round lap swimming, water exercise and swim lessons, as well as a fitness center. One-day passes and annual memberships are available for purchase. Call 502/897-9949 or visit
  • ETC: Historic Locust Grove and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing also have unique and sure-to-please gifts in their gift shops, brightly decorated for the holiday season. Shoppers can also check out the Welcome Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest, which has items such as clothes, educational toys and coloring books for sale. Visit, and for more information. 
  • SUPPORT the FOREST: Amazing Green Planet at the Westport Village Shopping Center off Herr Lane will donate 15 percent of the proceeds from all of its sales on Saturday, December 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., to support Jefferson Memorial Forest’s youth environmental education programs. Volunteer naturalists and staff will be on hand Saturday with small animals and bio-facts to share nature knowledge with families as they shop at Louisville’s first eco-friendly gift store. For more information, visit www.amazinggreenplanet or call 502/290-1358.