Louisville Metro Parks http://wfpl.org en Louisville Metro Government to Thank You For Not Smoking in City Parks http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-government-thank-you-not-smoking-city-parks <p>Louisville Metro government this week is taking steps to discourage smoking at city park playgrounds and swimming pools.</p><p>City officials will unveil signs Thursday thanking adults for not smoking in certain areas of the park where children frequently use.</p><p>"Basically we’re just trying to remind the adults that will be in that area to keep the children from being exposed to second-hand smoke," Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz told WFPL.</p><p>"That’s the main thing, and by having the signs there they’ll be thoughtful of reminding them of that possibility."</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:35:58 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9766 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Government to Thank You For Not Smoking in City Parks Group Says More Accessibility, Spending Needed in Louisville's Parks System http://wfpl.org/post/group-says-more-accessibility-spending-needed-louisvilles-parks-system <p>Louisville sits near the bottom of the 60 largest U.S. cities in the<a href="http://parkscore.tpl.org/"> latest rankings of park systems</a> conducted by the Trust for Public Land. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the Washington-based organization says the city’s score will likely improve as the new </span>21<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century Parks initiative is completed.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 9440 at http://wfpl.org Group Says More Accessibility, Spending Needed in Louisville's Parks System Public Input Sought on Making Louisville Playgrounds Smoke-free http://wfpl.org/post/public-input-sought-making-louisville-playgrounds-smoke-free <p>Today is the last day to <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DPVT26G">complete a survey</a> to gather community input on smoking in city playgrounds.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Signs reading “Children at Play – Thank You For Not Smoking” were installed in the playgrounds of Cherokee, Iroquois and Shawnee Park last year. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Health department spokesperson Kathy Harrison says that led to a reduction in the number of cigarette butts found in the area, but Louisville needs a smoke-free policy for its public parks.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Colleen O'Leary 8998 at http://wfpl.org Public Input Sought on Making Louisville Playgrounds Smoke-free Louisville Metro Parks Staff Spend Friday Investigating Russell Lee Park After 2 Rescued From Hole http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-parks-staff-spend-friday-investigating-russell-lee-park-after-2-rescued-hole <p>Louisville Metro Parks crews and others spent Friday probing Russell Lee Park in West Louisville after a toddler and adult were rescued from a hole there the night before.</p><p>Emergency crews needed about an hour Thursday night to rescue the 2-year-old and the adult.&nbsp;</p><p>The hole was about 15-feet deep, three-feet wide and lined with brick,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">said Marty&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Storch</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, assistant director of Metro Parks.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:08:39 +0000 Joseph Lord 6835 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Parks Staff Spend Friday Investigating Russell Lee Park After 2 Rescued From Hole