Impacts of Coronavirus pandemic on Louisville Parks and Recreation

March 13, 2020

Information from this release has changed: please review the press release dated March 14, 2020 for the latest on our response to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Louisville Parks and Recreation has consulted with the Louisville Department of Health and Wellness and Metro Government and will be taking the following steps to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic:

All organized group activities, including classes, programs, volunteer projects and athletic league games through April 5, 2020, have been canceled. The best source for reschedule dates, if they occur, will be the department’s website, www.bestparksever.com, or to follow the department on Twitter and Facebook.

The Wilderness Road Senior Center will also be closed at the end of business Friday, March 13, through April 5. The department’s senior nutrition program will continue operations and we will be working with our partners to determine the best way to provide nutritional services to that population.

The city’s 13 community centers will remain open. However, they will be staffed on a limited basis and no programs, classes or services will be provided through April 5.

The two historic homes operated by the department – Historic Locust Grove and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, will also remain open but will be offering no programming or volunteer projects through April 5.

The city’s 10 municipal golf courses will remain open. Please contact the course of your choice to make a tee time.

In the department’s open facilities, employees and the public are being encouraged to practice safe social distancing.

The department will not be accepting rentals of facilities and shelters through April 5. All rentals through April 5 will be canceled at the close of business Friday, March 13. Those with rental agreements through Louisville Parks and Recreation will have the option of being offered refunds or a reschedule date.

The city’s 120 parks, including its 18 Olmsted-designed parks and the 6,700-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest, will remain open with no restrictions on access. Jefferson Memorial Forest’s Welcome Center also will be open to the public.

With milder weather on the way, those who are healthy and able are encouraged to get outdoors for some exercise and fresh air. The city maintains approximately 70 miles of marked hiking trails, 60 miles of paved exercise paths, and nearly 13,000 acres of land to enjoy.