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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.

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.

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 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.