The Parklands of Floyds Fork Parks

It’s April 1st and the weather is beautiful outside. Let’s hope that this isn’t a cruel April fool’s joke and that spring is finally here! After the weather we’ve had in Louisville this winter, all it takes is one nice day to get your imagination going. Whether you’re daydreaming about being on the golf course or laying on the beach, odds are your mind has been outside at some point today.

One of Louisville’s newest parks is The Parklands of Floyds Fork Parks. The first of its kind in our region, 21st Century Parks has been developing a great addition to our city. The Parklands preserves over 3,800 acres of protected land consisting of forestland, meadowlands, wetlands and stream banks. All of this is being developed into a network of connecting parks along Floyds Fork in southern Jefferson County. The Parklands are also protecting numerous animal and plant species, creating many environmental benefits as well.

The Parklands currently consists of two major connecting parks, Beckley Creek Park and Pope Lick Park. Between the two, guests will enjoy a variety of engaging outdoor activities. Numerous paths exist along beautiful scenery, designed for walkers, runners, hikers and bikers. Enjoy part of the Louisville Loop and scenic overlooks. Monthly interpretive hikes are also scheduled, turning the outdoors into an open classroom.

There is no shortage of opportunity for fun in the water along the Floyds Fork. There are four open access points for guests to launch canoes and paddleboards. Make sure you check the Parklands website for water levels before heading out. If you enjoy the water but don’t want to be in it, check out one of the five William F. Miles Lakes at the Parklands. Enjoy fishing there or from the bank of the Floyds Fork.

Both Beckley Creek and Pope Lick Parks feature a playground. When the days get hotter, check out the sprayground at Beckley Creek Park. The Barklands of Beckley Creek Park is a great dog park, allowing even the canine members of your family to safely enjoy The Parklands! Several sports fields offer the opportunity for a great workout. Ultimate Frisbee, flag football and soccer can easily be enjoyed at the Egg Lawn or John Floyd Fields.

The Parklands hosts events regularly. Children under seven years old will enjoy the next Wednesday Wonders program on April 2nd from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The program is designed to create a spark towards scientific learning. This Wednesday’s topic is “I wonder if only birds lay eggs.” The activity is free to member and $5.00 for non-members. On April 5th, enjoy Family Astronomy Night from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. The Louisville Astronomical Society will have telescopes on hand for you to check out constellations.

In 2015 The Parklands will welcome three additional parks that are currently being developed.  Broad Run Park, Turkey Run Park and the Strand Park will all open next year, connecting The Parklands from Shelbyville Rd. to Bardstown Rd.  Visit The Parklands for more information on this great Louisville Park!

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