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June 6 ceremony to highlight improvements at Waverly Park Lake

Friday May 29, 2009

Family-friendly free fly fishing clinic to take place prior to ribbon cutting

LOUISVILLE – Already one of Louisville’s most popular fishing locations, Waverly Park Lake has now become one of its best.

Metro Parks officials and District 25 Councilman Doug Hawkins will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 6, at the newly renovated Waverly Park Lake. Visitors will see improvements that include a gravel path around the fishing lake, a new fishing pier and two new picnic shelters, updated fishing areas, expanded parking and newly landscaped grounds.

“Waverly Park is one of the jewels of our Natural Areas program,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz. “We were pleased to be able to make these improvements there and hope that its users will enjoy them – as well as all the other great amenities the park has to offer.”

Prior to the 11:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony, parents and children are encouraged to come to a free fly-fishing casting clinic, sponsored by the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. The clinic begins at 9:30 a.m. and volunteers from Trout Unlimited will be on hand to show children how to cast. Because June 6-7 has been designated as a Free Fishing Weekend by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, families will not need a license to fish at Waverly Park on June 6.

Waverly Park Lake is stocked as part of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Fishing in Neighborhoods program several times a year with bass, trout, catfish and sunfish. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, complimentary refreshments, including cake, will be served to those in attendance.

About the Natural Areas Program:
In 2004, Metro Parks established the Natural Areas program to protect and properly manage sites within the system that contain sensitive habitat and natural features. The program is based out of the 6,191-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest urban, municipally-owned forest, and includes eight other natural areas across Louisville. The program seeks to integrate resource management and environmental education activities so residents of all ages can benefit and these areas can remain protected.

About Waverly Park:
Waverly Park, established in 1964, is a 300-acre park located at Arnoldtown Road and Clayton Terrace in southwest Louisville, just east of Dixie Highway. In addition to the lake, hiking and biking trails are featured within the park, which also includes the 9-hole Bobby Nichols Golf Course. For more information, visit