The mission of Louisville Metro Parks is to create a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy. The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations.
The agency is administered by Director Mike Heitz, through the following divisions:
Operations – maintains park land, athletic fields and golf courses; coordinates security, reservations and skilled trades
Park Resources – manages natural resources, forestry and capital improvement projects
Community Centers & Athletics – provides a wide variety of neighborhood-based recreation services, in support of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement
Recreation Programs – offers community-wide programs such as aquatics, arts and culture, therapeutic recreation and activities for senior citizens
Planning & Design – develops plans to improve the parks and their facilities, with an emphasis on the Mayor’s City of Parks initiative
Historic Properties – operates historic homes as museums
Community Relations & Events – manages marketing, public information, special events, fundraising and volunteer programs
Personnel – ensures compliance with policies and procedures, and processes payroll
Metro Parks is a member of the Kentucky Recreation and Park Society and the National Recreation and Park Association. The department was honored to earn national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies on September 25, 2007.
Metro Parks was established in 1968, combining the Louisville City Parks Department (founded in 1888) and the Jefferson County Parks Department (founded in the mid-1940s). The agency became a department of Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government when the City of Louisville and Jefferson County governments merged on January 6, 2003.
Read our latest:
Budget Proposal FY15
Operational Review (June 2012)
Strategic Plan (January 2014)
Strategic Plan (January 2013)