Quality of Life

2018 highlights:

  • The Louisville Zoo broke ground this year on a snow leopard exhibit that will have an adjacent early learning play space, and an African primate exhibit and expanded dining area at the African Outpost. Both are set to open in spring 2019.
  • Louisville Parks & Recreation acquired Quail Chase Golf Club; it’s the 10th municipally owned course in Louisville and gives the city’s portfolio a championship-level, 27-hole course.
  • Sixteen teams participated in Parks’ first ever Louisville World Cup at the restored soccer fields at Thurman Hutchins Park.  And we hosted the Derby City Cup cyclocross championship race and the 2018 National Championship Cyclocross race at Joe Creason Park.
  • With assistance from the Louisville Parks Foundation, the city installed a new futsal court at Beechmont Community Center and a new, modern “Skate Spot” at Breslin Park.
  • The city also partnered with NASCAR Star Joey Logano and his foundation to create a new, race-themed playground and exercise track at Portland Park.
  • Louisville ECHO (Engaging Children in the Outdoors), the award-winning outdoor education program
  • offered through Jefferson Memorial Forest, broadened its reach by adding a mobile unit funded by a grant from the Disney and Aetna foundations.
  • The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service awarded the city a $450,000 grant to stabilize the former Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on West Chestnut, which is now owned by the YMCA. After stabilization, the city and YMCA will seek future redevelopment partners for the historic structure.
  • The city is partnering with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy on major projects and upgrades to Cherokee Park, Victory Park and Boone Square Park.
  • 80,000 residents visited the Iroquois Amphitheater last year for concerts and events, with nearly the same number attending the fifth annual Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park.
  • The Association of Zoos and Aquariums included the Louisville Zoo and nine other collaborating conservation partners for “Top Honors” in its International Conservation Award for gorilla conservation
  • Louisville Parks and Recreation was among the nominees for a Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Park