Mayor announces city is loosening restrictions on special events, offering parks activities

March 16, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville Metro Government is loosening its restrictions on special events, and is now accepting permit requests for events that adhere to state and local Health Department guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19, based on CDC recommendations.

Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation also is accepting permit applications for organized public events in the parks, under the same COVID-19 restrictions, the Mayor said, and is moving ahead with plans to host summer sports leagues for youth and adults beginning this spring.

In a related matter, the city is conducting a public survey to gather feedback regarding the future use of loop roads in Cherokee and Iroquois parks, which have been closed to vehicle traffic since April 2020 to increase recreational space for social distancing.

“It’s important that we continue to stick to the precautions we know are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19, like social distancing and wearing masks,” the Mayor said. “But the steps we are announcing today are significant as we work to safely reopen our community and our economy and move past COVID-19.”

Special Events

The city’s Office of Special Events is accepting applications for events via its online portal. Applicants are required to download and review the state’s guidelines and guidance on events and submit a COVID-19 Safety Protocols plan with any application.

Those protocols include communicating that individuals should stay home if sick; remain at least six (6) feet apart from people not a part of their household; wear a cloth face covering or mask over your nose and mouth; and screen and exclude persons with fever, symptoms of COVID-19, and/or direct exposure.

If an event involves more than 50 people, organizers must maintain a record of guests, for contact tracing and notification purposes if someone becomes infected.

These same guidelines apply to Special Event permits in parks.

Summer sports leagues and camps

Parks has been gradually moving toward opening more amenities to the public. Within the past few months, playgrounds and basketball courts have been re-opened to the public with social distancing recommendations in place.

Permit applications for organized public events in the parks are now being taken via the Iroquois Amphitheater office (502) 368-5865. This does not impact private use of parks facilities, including shelters and pavilions, which remains prohibited.

Parks also will host summer sports leagues for youth and adults beginning this spring, again following state and local Health Department guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19, based on CDC recommendations.

Registration is now underway for kickball, softball, T-ball and the RBI team and baseball clinics funded by the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund. Information and registration for adult athletic leagues can be found here. While online registration is preferred, those looking to form a team or sign up their child can also call the Cyril Allgeier Community Center at (502) 574-4515 for additional information. “We are excited to provide the community with more opportunities for healthy activities and are looking forward to welcoming back those of all ages to the playing field,” said Dana Kasler, director of Parks and Recreation. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we know our community has missed being able to participate in our sports programs, and we are eager to promote a safe return to play.”

Additionally, there is a need for volunteer coaches and various help throughout the summer. Giving your time to support these leagues is a great way to help out in the community. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

Loops at Cherokee and Iroquois Park

Louisville Parks and Recreation is currently accepting feedback regarding the future use of loop roads in Cherokee and Iroquois parks through a public survey process. To increase recreational space with appropriate social distancing, the loops at both parks have been restricted from vehicle traffic since April 2020, and some members of the public have expressed a desire to make those adjustments permanent. The surveys, which can be found at bestparksever.com, will be open until 5 p.m. this Friday, March 19, 2021. Following the evaluation of the survey results, virtual public meetings will be scheduled for additional feedback. The first, to discuss Cherokee, is set for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23. Check Parks’ social media and website for details on how to join and for updates on the Iroquois meeting, expected to take place within the next few weeks. Nearly 5,000 residents have already completed the two surveys.

Parks and Recreation will announce plans on the future use of the loops this spring.

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