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. 

Apr 27 2020 Mayor Fischer, Teddy Abrams debut new “Lift Up Louisville” song and video to bring city together through music
  • Celebrated Louisville musicians Jim James, Will Oldham, Carly Johnson, Jecorey Arthur and two dozen other artists collaborate; watch video HERE and on @LiftUpLou
  • Mayor issuing challenges to cities around the world to create their own collaborative song
Apr 24 2020 Olmsted Parks Conservancy urges park visitors to “stay smart, 6 ft apart,” through new in-park social distancing stations

Olmsted Parks Conservancy has installed new signage and interactive “social distancing stations” to encourage park users to maintain a 6-ft distance within Cherokee, Seneca, Iroquois, and Chickasaw parks. Louisville’s Olmsted Parks make up 20% of all city parkland, with over 2,200 acres of public green space in the West, South, and East ends of our city.

Apr 24 2020 Mobile COVID-19 testing starts Monday at Shawnee Park

As part of a partnership between the state, Kroger Health and Louisville Metro, mobile COVID-19 testing will be provided at Shawnee Park, beginning Monday through Friday, May 8.

To accommodate a safe and secure testing site, some pedestrian access and all motor vehicle access in the park will be restricted beginning today.

Apr 23 2020 Traffic being restricted in Shawnee Park to accommodate new COVID-19 testing site

State partnering with Kroger Health on testing, April 27-May 8

To accommodate a safe and secure mobile COVID-19 testing site, Shawnee Park will be closed to vehicle traffic starting tomorrow at 6 a.m., and pedestrian access will be restricted.

Apr 22 2020 Portion of Long Run Loop road to be closed next week for spillway work

A section of the loop road in Long Run Park will be closed from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and then Monday, April 27-Wednesday, April 29 for removal of brush and trees along the lake spillway at the park. The road will be open during the weekend, April 25-26. 

Apr 15 2020 Thurman Hutchins Park pier construction begins April 21

Due to a construction project, the fishing pier at Thurman Hutchins Park off River Road will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning Tuesday, April 21. 

There are plenty of great bank fishing opportunities at Thurman Hutchins Park remaining! Please continue to practice social distancing, and we apologize for the inconvenience. 

Apr 8 2020 Mayor Fischer prohibiting motor vehicles in some Metro parks to give more room to walkers, runners, and cyclists

Mayor Greg Fischer today said the city is banning motor vehicles from the loop roads in Iroquois, Cherokee, and Chickasaw parks effective at 7 a.m. Thursday.