Jun 19 2019 Louisville Parks and Recreation to host two-day “Pick Up The Parks” event

Help clean up your neighborhood park following the Fourth of July

May 16 2019 Council members Fox and Fowler encourage everyone to come out and enjoy great music at the 15th Annual Forest Fest

There are few places in Metro Louisville where you will find scenic beauty and hear great Bluegrass Music. In the springtime, the best place to find both is at the Jefferson Memorial Forest.

 On Saturday, May 18th Council members Mark Fox (D-13) and Cindi Fowler (D-14) proudly present the 15th Annual Forest Fest.

Apr 15 2019 Louisville ECHO: A West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative

The Natural Areas Division of Louisville (Kentucky) Parks is increasing equitable access to nature through its Louisville Is Engaging Children Outdoors (Louisville ECHO) initiative. The department is addressing social determinants of health by expanding environmental education and outdoor recreation programming within underserved communities, including communities of color in west Louisville, and the program has expanded steadily since its inception in 2008.

Mar 7 2019 Southwest Dream Team Unveils Their Fifth Annual South Points Scenic Area Map

Feb 19 2019 Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties Unveil Winners of National Health Challenge

As part of an ongoing commitment to supporting community health and wellness, the Aetna Foundation today announced the winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge).

Dec 6 2018 Fun, affordable activities abound throughout Louisville during upcoming winter break

Mayor Greg Fischer and other local leaders today reminded families of the many free and low-cost activities to keep students active and engaged during winter break.

Camps, movies, parties and sports clinics are among the dozens of activities available during the Jefferson County Public Schools winter break, Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and throughout the month of December.

Dec 5 2018 Leaf drop-off period extended

Louisville Metro leaf drop-off service, originally scheduled to end December 1, has been extended by three weeks.  Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection have the option to dispose of them at one of three drop-off sites through December 22.

Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

Leaf drop off sites:

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

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.