Metro Parks Community Centers Ready To Provide Winter Break Fun for Youth
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation once again welcomes children and teens to its community centers for special winter break programs. A full schedule of activities is planned, designed to keep youth engaged in positive and educational play during this out of school time, including arts and crafts, music, field trips, fitness, table games, swimming, dance, basketball tournaments, and much more.
“Our entire community is focusing increased attention on out-of-school time because it is so important to keep our young people engaged, motivated and moving forward,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “These creative activities will be a great addition to the options available for youth over the holiday break.”
Metro Parks director Mike Heitz added, “Our community centers are always a great place for youth to spend time when school is out of session, and we’re pleased to offer these winter break activities.”
In addition to the variety of daily activities, several special programs are on tap, including two motivational sports leadership camps led by former UofL basketball player Robbie Valentine where kids ages 8-16 will learn the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork, sportsmanship and the importance of education.
All community centers will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For a list of programs by center, click here.
BLOCS Coordinating Council, a partnership between Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Metro Government and Metro United Way, has also created a resource directory for youth that includes several various youth service provider agencies. Hard copies are available at all Louisville Metro Parks Community Centers, Louisville free Public Library Branches, and Neighborhood Places. In addition, the directory can be found several alternate ways; including online here or by calling 211, downloading the 211 app kentuckiana211 for your smart phone, or by texting getconnected to 96714.
Please contact individual centers for specific hours and programs offered at each location, and to register for classes:
Baxter Community Center, 1125 Cedar Court (502/574-2670)
Beechmont Community Center, 205 West Wellington Avenue (502/361-5484)
California Community Center, 1600 West St. Catherine Street (502/574-2658)
Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court (502/456-3261)
Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Boulevard (502/456-8120)
Molly Leonard Portland Community Center, 640 North 27th Street (502/776-0913)
Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue (502/456-8122)
Parkhill Community Center, 1703 South 13th Street (502/637-3044)
Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, 607 South 37th Street (502/775-5268)
Shelby Park Community Center, 600 East Oak Street (502/574-1780)
South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard (502/574-3206)
Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Avenue (502/775-6598)
Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane (502/937-8802)
In addition to the community centers, the Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods supports a range of youth activities and programs. For details, go to http://louisvilleky.gov/government/safe-neighborhoods/youth-activities.