Jefferson Memorial Forest to provide outdoor recreation at WLAD festival

July 25, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 1-5 p.m.

Nature-based adventure will be the focus of Metro Parks and Recreation 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 canoe, fish ride bikes, navigate a climbing wall and engage in archery free of charge on Saturday, July 29, from 1-5 p.m.

The programming is part of the Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, which would create new recreational amenities in West Louisville, including the proposed Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center, which would be operated by the Metro Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division.

From 2-4 p.m., the Outdoor Learning Center’s consultant team will be on hand to educate residents about the two sites within Shawnee Park that are being considered. Feedback gathered at the event will be used to determine site selection.

“Please come out and lend your voice to this initiative,” said Bennett Knox, Administrator for the Natural Areas Division. “This will create new and exciting opportunities for youth and families from across west Louisville to experience the outdoors close to home.”

For more information on the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, please click here.



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.