Dec 4 2020 Louisville Parks and Recreation initiates “Paws In The Parks” dog photo contest for winter 2020

Dec 4 2020 Kentucky Science Center launches their Community Access Membership


Nov 19 2020 Winter Woods Spectacular returns to Iroquois Park

In what has become the must-see event of the holiday season, Winter Woods Spectacular, is returning for a second year to South Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where the woods will be transformed into a winter wonderland from Friday, November 27 – Saturday, January 2.

Nov 10 2020 Wilderness Louisville, Inc. receives major funding to support the Louisville ECHO initiative

The Skylight Woods Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville has granted $203,000 in funding to support and provide youth from diverse backgrounds with outdoor learning opportunities that increase their connection to and appreciation of nature 

Nov 2 2020 Locust Grove announces new winter hours and offerings

In light of Governor Beshear’s recent recommendations for red-zone counties, and the importance of keeping our visitors, volunteers, and staff healthy and safe, Locust Grove has made changes to hours and offerings heading into the winter months. Beginning November 1, the Locust Grove Visitors’ Center, Museum Store, and Museum Gallery will be open Thursdays – Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. The cost for the gallery admission is $6 for adults.

Oct 19 2020 National Park Service and National Park Trust Select Wilderness Louisville as a 2020 Challenge Cost Share Award Recipient

Today the National Park Service and National Park Trust announced recipients of the 2020 Challenge Cost Share Program, which supports projects that promote improved access and opportunities for outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and education in our National Parks, National Trails and / or Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Oct 10 2020 Area historic sites partner with The Slave Dwelling Project

On October 15, Joe McGill, Jr. of the Slave Dwelling Project will join area historic sites Farmington Historic Plantation, Historic Locust Grove, Oxmoor Farm Foundation, and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing for an inaugural collaborative event to highlight the history of slavery at these respective sites, and how that history is relevant today in Louisville and beyond.

Aug 11 2020 Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation seek public input on conceptual plan to improve natural trails in the Olmsted Parks

Olmsted Parks Conservancy, in partnership with Louisville Parks and Recreation, conducted a trail study last fall with help from Alta Planning and Design to learn how to better control soil erosion and improve the existing natural trail system in Cherokee Park, Iroquois Park, and Seneca Park.

Jul 31 2020 Louisville Loop Closure and Detour

Due to a Louisville Water Company main replacement project, a section of Louisville Loop between Bells Lane and Campground Road will be closed beginning Monday, August 3 until August 24. Please click here for the detour route. 

The detour route is as follows: 

Jul 23 2020 Locust Grove Reopens to the Public


Historic Locust Grove will reopen to the public on Friday, July 24 after closing in mid-March due to COVID-19. The National Historic Landmark reopens with new hours and new tour offerings to accommodate new health and safety requirements.


Jul 21 2020 SummerWorks Youth Gain Job Experience While Improving Water Quality in Chickasaw




Jul 10 2020 Summer Blessings program announces new record of food bundles for distribution at parks community centers

The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the annual Summer Blessings food packaging event, which was scheduled to take place April 16 during Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give A Day” week of service and is a partnership between Blessings in a Backpack, Texas Roadhouse, Louisville Parks and Recreation and the Louisville Parks Foundation.

The program was started in 2017 to ensure food insecure children were not negatively impacted during the summer, when school is out of session.

Jul 6 2020 Louisville Parks and Recreation to open three outdoor pools this week

Louisville Parks and Recreation will reopen three outdoor pools, Algonquin, Fairdale and Sun Valley, beginning Tuesday, July 7.  Fairdale’s pool opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday, while opening day at Sun Valley is Wednesday. Algonquin opens for the season on Thursday, July 9. Each pool will be open two days a week from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

May 22 2020 Mayor Fischer names Lacuna Health to be Louisville’s COVID-19 contact tracing contractor

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Lacuna Health has been awarded the contract to conduct contact tracing as part of the city’s effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

May 5 2020 Trail construction closes Scott's Gap section to hiking through May

Because of new trail construction, the Scott's Gap section of Jefferson Memorial Forest will be closed to hiking during the month of May. The parking area will host construction equipment as construction is ongoing, and parking along Scott's Gap Road is prohibited until the project is complete.