From a legacy of 18 Olmsted-designed parks to the newer Parklands at Floyds Fork and Waterfront Park downtown, Louisville continues to improve our greenspaces and expand programming that draws people to our parks.

2017 highlights

  • Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation opened three new, state-of-the-art basketball courts: the Dream Court at Russell Lee Park, sponsored by Nancy Lieberman Charities and WorldVentures Foundation; a court at Wyandotte, donated by Nike and recording artist Bryson Tiller; and new Dirt Bowl courts at Shawnee.
  • Dedicated Sunil Gavaskar Cricket Field at Hays Kennedy Park near Anchorage.
  • Unveiled ECHO Mobile, which takes the Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors program at Jefferson
    Memorial Forest on the road.
  • Unveiled a new mobile application making it easier for golfers to access nine Parks courses, and revived long-dormant youth baseball and softball leagues.
  • Hosted new events at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, drawing 5,000 citizens to the southwest Louisville historic home.
  • Established Champions Park on River Road as a regional music festival destination with the new Bourbon and Beyond Festival and the returning Louder than Life festival.
  • Expanded partnerships with JCPS, resulting in a new recreation facility at the Ernest Camp Edwards complex in Smoketown.
  • Restored pergola and restrooms at Central Park. Renovated Victory Park. Dedicated modern picnic shelter at Charlie Vettiner Park. Opened a new sprayground and restroom facility at Huston Quin Park.
  • The Parklands at Floyds Fork opened a new BMX course this year.
  • Waterfront Development Corp. announced plans for a $35 million expansion of the park into west Louisville.
  • Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation awarded “Best of the Best” designation after receiving re-accreditation from the National Recreation and Park Association.