The Parklands is closely following developments and guidance regarding the ongoing pandemic. We will continue to update our response as needed. Our top priority is the safety of our visitors and staff.
- Forest Learning Lab resumes on Monday, January 18, 2021, and will continue as long as there is a need in the community. Led by Parklands Interpretive Rangers, the Forest Learning Lab offers students in grades K-6 a structured day of non-traditional instruction, homework help, and outdoor exploration time. Registration for full weeks and single days is now open at www.theparklands.org/nti.
- Playgrounds at The Parklands of Floyds Fork remain closed until further notice. The Parklands is a privately funded, public park that is separate from Louisville Parks and Recreation.
- The monthly Park Roots speaker series, exclusive to Parklands Members, will continue to be offered virtually until further notice. Visit theparklands.org/events for details on the next virtual Park Roots event.
- The following areas and amenities remain closed to the public until further notice:
- All playgrounds and spraygrounds (Beckley Creek, Pope Lick, and Broad Run parks)
- PNC Achievement Center for Education & Interpretation in Beckley Creek Park (open to Forest Learning Lab participants and park staff ONLY)
- Osage Orange Explorer Trail in Beckley Creek Park (inaccessible due to playground closure)
VISITING THE PARKLANDS
The Parklands is open daily from dawn to dusk (unless otherwise noted) offering families and individuals of all ages and abilities a way to get out and active while practicing social distancing. Even in the colder months, we encourage people to bundle up to enjoy our trails and amenities.
When visiting The Parklands, all guests should continue to follow CDC guidance on social distancing and healthy hand hygiene, as well as the latest recommendations from the state. Please remember:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Remain at least six (6) feet apart from strangers and people who are not part of your household.
- Share the trails, and give others space.
- Wear a mask when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Avoid in-person social gatherings of more than 10.
- Explore another section of the park if the trail or area you planned to visit is busy.
- When possible, visit early or during the week to avoid peak visitation time.
- Avoid touching handrails and benches.
- Carry hand sanitizer to use as an additional precaution.
Park Rangers and LMPD frequently patrol The Parklands. They are keeping an eye out for visitors who are not following group and social distancing guidelines to educate them on the risks. Visitors can report non-compliance to the COVID-19 Reporting Hotline (833-KYSAFER or 833-597-2337) or online at kysafer.ky.gov.
While in-person programs are temporarily on hold, park staff are producing digital content to keep visitors of all ages learning and engaged.
- The Parklands Virtual Classroom is an online hub of fun and engaging videos and worksheets that students can watch and complete remotely. Resources are free and available for parents, teachers and individuals of all ages at theparklands.org/classroom.
- Wednesday Wonders, sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great, is an interactive program designed to spark the curiosity of young children. Visit The Parklands Facebook or YouTube page every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to explore a new science wonder with a story, craft, hike or related science experiment.
FACILITY RENTALS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
- Events booked at Gheens Foundation Lodge and Hockensmith Barn must follow the most up-to-date, Kentucky Healthy at Work requirements for Venues and Event Spaces.
- Please contact our events team to talk through capacity, pricing, availability and the variety of options we can offer for your next event. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-815-0277.
- To view the latest listing of upcoming virtual and in-person events at The Parklands, visit theparklands.org/events.
This is a rapidly changing situation. Visitors are encouraged to check our website before visiting in case of additional closures or changes in programming. Thank you for your patience and continued support of our donor and visitor-supported public park!
The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a visitor-supported public park, which does not receive tax dollars for annual operations. We rely on donations from individuals, families, businesses and foundations to maintain our nearly 4,000-acre park system. To become a Parklands Member, supporting maintenance and annual operations of our park, please visitwww.theparklands.org/member.