Oct 15 2018 Louisville Parks and Recreation Awarded $195,000 for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project

Louisville Parks and Recreation has been selected for a Great Urban Parks Campaign grant by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Louisville Parks and Recreation is one of 10 organizations awarded the grant, which supports the development of green stormwater infrastructure.

Oct 1 2018 “Canoemobile” relocated to McNeely Lake Park

Due to high water on the Ohio River, this weekend's Canoemobile on Oct. 5-6 will be relocated to McNeely Lake Park, 10500 Cedar Lake Road . The Canoemobile allows residents ages three and older to take guided trips in 24-foot canoes on the Ohio River.

Sep 20 2018 “Canoemobile” back for 7th year

The Canoemobile is coming back to Shawnee and Riverview Parks on Oct. 5-6 for its seventh year on the banks of the Ohio River.

The Canoemobile allows residents ages three and older to take guided trips in 24-foot canoes on the Ohio River. Canoe trips are free. Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. No advance sign-ups are required, wavers can be signed on-site or brought with the participants.

Jul 20 2018 Louisville provides glimpse of future regional Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center

For renderings of the Shawnee Outdoor Learning Center see below:

May 7 2018 14th annual Forest Fest coming to Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, May 19

A spectacular day of Bluegrass and Americana music, food and beverages, craft vendors, and youth activities in a scenic environment awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s fourteenth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 19.  

Forest Fest has been known for providing a great variety of bluegrass music; this year’s event expands on that tradition with five musical acts in the lineup. The music starts at 11:30 a.m. in the forest’s Horine Section, 12408 Holsclaw Hill Road.

Mar 23 2018 Jefferson Memorial Forest releases full “ECHO Mobile” schedule

The newly-created “ECHO Mobile,” which brings outdoor nature play activity to neighborhoods throughout Louisville, has been hitting the road and the full schedule of stops for this spring and summer has been released.

Jan 31 2018 Louisville ECHO receives ‘Spotlight Award’

Louisville Parks and Recreation has been selected to receive $25,000 as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge) Spotlight Award. Ten winners and five honorable mentions were selected for their ability to address the need to improve opportunities for all Americans – regardless of income, education or ethnic background – to take an active role in healthy living.

Nov 27 2017 Registration for annual JMF Valentine’s Day hike continues

Romantic Valentine evenings await on February 13 and 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.  For only $35, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House, where couples will enjoy hot beverages, rich hors d’ouvres and desserts, and the cozy warmth of a hearth.

Oct 23 2017 Mayor Fischer helps unveil new "ECHO Mobile"

Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwomen Vicki Welch and Cindi Fowler and other local officials joined staff from Louisville Parks and Recreation and Wilderness Louisville on Saturday, October 21 to unveil the newest addition to Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Louisville Parks and Recreation’s Natural Areas Division’s “Louisville is Engaging Children in Outdoors” (“ECHO”) Program.

Oct 13 2017 Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure Set for October 21

Families can enjoy fall color and a variety of outdoor activities at Jefferson Memorial Forest during the Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure is presented by Quest Outdoors, and is free to the public.

Sep 20 2017 “Canoemobile” back for 6th year

Fun and exploration on the Ohio River Oct. 3-7 


Aug 23 2017 Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, Jefferson Memorial Forest Receive ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant to Increase Access to Local Play Spaces

Awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company


Jul 25 2017 Jefferson Memorial Forest to provide outdoor recreation at WLAD festival

Jun 1 2017 Jefferson Memorial Forest to host Great American Campout June 24-25

Jefferson Memorial Forest will connect with thousands of other campers and the great outdoors on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, as they host the annual Great American Campout.

May 9 2017 13th Annual Forest Fest Music Festival May 20 at Jefferson Memorial Forest