October Calendar Highlights
Forest Explorers: Hustle & Bustle in the Forest
Jefferson Memorial Forest
Saturday, October 17
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
18th Century Market Fair
Sat/Sun, October 24 & 25
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Beechmont Community Center: Haunted Halls
Saturday, October 31
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike
The fifth annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to getting some fresh air and outdoor exercise during the hike, visitors have the opportunity to decorate pumpkins to take home, enjoy a hay ride, and trek through the forest at the height of fall color. New to this year’s event is a guided seniors hike.
The hike is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, encouraging better health and fitness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity. The event is free to the public and the first 500 participants receive a free t-shirt. Mayor Jerry Abramson will kick off the event before the hiking and festivities begin.
Family golfing package offered during October weekends
The dog days of summer are long past, but Metro Parks is heating up this fall by offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during October weekends.
For only $20, a family of up to four members can play 9 holes at any Metro Parks course. The $20 includes greens and carts fees, and families can take advantage of the deal after 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during October. [Family golf weekends]
Falls City Championship Returns to Louisville Tennis Center
An old tennis legend is returning to town.
In this case, it’s not a famous player that is coming back, but rather a tournament. The Falls City Championship – which started in 1907 as the Falls City Classic – takes place at the Louisville Tennis Center in Joe Creason Park on October 9 to 11. The tournament includes singles and doubles competitions at all adult age levels.
The resurrection of this tournament includes a new twist – the following weekend, October 16 to 18, a junior championship takes place for boys and girls ages 10 to 18.
“Our goal is to have an annual tournament that determines our city’s best players in both open and age-restricted categories,” said Pete McGrath, the Louisville Tennis Center’s head pro. “We’re looking forward to bringing back the Falls City tradition, and I hope tennis fans come out to watch some great tennis.”
Support Your Metro Parks
Join the Mayor’s Adopt-a-Park program
Mayor Jerry Abramson’s park adoption initiative has grown to include 20 partners in parks across our community, working to make our city an even better place to play and interact with nature. Your neighborhood group or business can be next to get involved! Volunteer at Metro Parks
Help make the Mayor’s City of Parks vision a reality!
If you are excited about the City of Parks vision to build new parks, improve existing parks, and create the 100-mile paved Louisville Loop, there are great opportunities to get involved:
Sign up to receive City of Parks updates via email. Learn about public meetings, receive project updates, and share your thoughts with the project team.
Donate to the Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization established to help fund recreational programs and provide maintenance to existing parkland. Call 502/456-1857 for more information.
Support the Olmsted Parks Conservancy by donating or volunteering your time. They’re our non-profit partner in restoring and enhancing our 18 historic Olmsted-designed parks.
Contribute to 21st Century Parks, a non-profit organization that is acquiring and developing a system of interconnected parks in the Floyds Fork watershed. Call 502/584-0350 for more information.