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Gift-giving ideas from Metro Parks

Wednesday December 5, 2012

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!

The gift shop at Historic Locust Grove carries a wide variety of locally-made products, such as tea, bourbon-based food items, wood-ware, jewelry and pottery. The shop also carries historic reproduction pieces drawn from life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including pewter and other household goods.

Parks’ other historic property, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, offers unique stocking stuffers including locally-produced honey, books on local history, historical reproductions of children’s items—small toys, games, bonnets and hats—and hand-rolled beeswax candles in seasonal colors.

Give the gift of art and music with a gift certificate from the Metro Arts Center. Certificates can be purchased in any amount and used for a wide variety of lessons for adults and children, including painting, pottery, screenprinting and silversmithing, as well as guitar and flute.

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Welcome Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest carries wildlife guides, nature-themed jewelry, sweatshirts and caps. Gift cards are available for purchase, too, and can be used for any of the gift shop items, as well as camping fees, shelter rentals and children’s summer camp fees. Purchase $5 or more and receive a free paw print gift bag.

A gift card from the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center can be applied toward memberships, swimming lessons and more. On a cold winter’s day or evening, there’s nothing better than staying active and warm inside the aquatic center, for lap swim, water exercise, and family pool time, or working up a sweat in the weight room that features Cybex, free weight and cardio equipment.

Swing by any Metro Parks public golf course to pick up the 2013 Metro Parks Golf Discount Book. This $25 gift provides hundreds of dollars of savings throughout the year and is on sale at all nine public golf courses. In addition, the clubhouse pro shops at each course feature golfing accessories and apparel.

For more information:

Historic Locust Grove

Location: Locust Grove Museum Store, located in the Visitor Center

561 Blankenbaker Lane, 502-897-9845

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa, Mastercard, and Discover

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing

Location: Riverside’s Museum Store, located in the Visitor Center

7410 Moorman Road, 502-935-6809

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa, Mastercard and American Express

Metro Arts Center

Location: 8360 Dixie Highway, 502-937-2055

Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday–Saturday; closed Sunday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), or money order only – (credit cards are not accepted)

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Location: Welcome Center, 11311 Mitchell Hill Road, 502-368-5404

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa and Mastercard

Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center

Location: 201 Reservoir Avenue, 502-897-9949

Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday–Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

Payment: Cash, check (with valid ID), Visa and Mastercard

Metro Parks Golf Courses (call individual courses for hours and payment information)

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