Jefferson Memorial Forest to provide outdoor fun at West Louisville festival

July 19, 2016

jmf logoNature-based adventure will be the focus of Metro Parks programming during the West Louisville Appreciation Days in Shawnee Park, when the department’s Jefferson Memorial Forest and Natural Areas Division and its partners will offer a variety of outdoor fun for youth and adults alike.

Kids will have the opportunity to ride bikes, navigate a climbing wall and engage in archery free of charge at Shawnee on Saturday, July 23, from 1-5 p.m.

The programming is part of the ongoing Metro Parks’ West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, which aims to create new recreational amenities in west Louisville, including the proposed Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center.

“It’s always fun to spend time in Shawnee Park during the West Louisville Appreciation Days festival,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Metro Parks and Recreation. “We’re pleased to be able to provide this programming and hope the kids enjoy it.”

 An estimated 1,500 youth and adults will be provided with outdoor experiences during the West Louisville Appreciation Days and the 5th Annual Canoemobile, which will take place in October in Shawnee Park.

Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Natural Areas Division are also partnering with the Cabbage Patch Settlement House for the Canoes Build Community initiative. The Canoes Build Community initiative inspires confidence and encourages ownership of paddling through youth-built canoes, and there will be a booth at the festival on Saturday where attendees can help build a canoe.



Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages.  Its mission 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.