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This Week in Parks

May 2 – 8, 2016

Pickleball Courts at Kirklevington Park
Information: 288-2921

Be sure to visit the new Pickleball courts at Kirklevington Park. The fast growing sport of Pickleball combines tennis, Table Tennis and badminton and is played on a smaller version of a tennis court. Lexington Parks & Recreation will be offering opportunities for both youth and adults to improve or learn new Pickleball skills this summer. If you would like to be included in our summer planning, contact Parks & Recreation at 288-2921 or dhaley@lexingtonky.gov. 


Girls Fast Pitch Softball Clinic

Sunday, May 1 | 2 – 4 p.m. | Kirklevington Park (Spangler Road Field) 
Information: 288-2917

This free clinic is open to girls ages 7 – 14. Representatives from the National Softball Association will be onsite reviewing fundamentals of the sport to get players ready for league play. Participants should bring gloves and wear cleats; all other gear will be provided. Registration will take place onsite only.

6-on-6 Co-Ed Summer Volleyball League Registration (asphalt)
Priority registration for returning teams: May 1 – 6
New team registration: May 6 – 22
Information: 288-2915

Played on Tuesday evenings on the asphalt courts of Kirklevington Park, this league is open to ages 16 and over. Registration fee is $100 per team. League play consists of a 9-game schedule (June – August) and a single elimination tournament. Managers of returning teams will receive registration forms. All remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration forms are available at lexingtonky.gov/parks. 

6-on-6 Co-Ed Summer Volleyball League Registration (sand)

Registration period: May 1 – 22
Information: 288-2915

All matches are played on Wednesday evenings from June – August on the sand courts at Kirklevington Park. The season consists of a 9-game schedule and a single elimination tournament. Registration fee is $100 per team. Managers of returning teams will receive registration forms. All remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Registration forms are available at lexingtonky.gov/parks. 

4-on-4 Summer Sand Volleyball League Registration
Registration period: May 1 – 22
Information: 288-2915

Played on the sand courts at Kirklevington Park, leagues offered include Men, Women and Co-Ed. The season consists of a 9-game schedule and a single elimination tournament. The cost is $100 per team and registration forms are available at lexingtonky.gov. Team managers should complete the form and return, with payment, to the Athletics Department, 545 N. Upper (40508). 

Adult Co-Ed Kickball Summer League Registration
Registration period May 1 – 20 
Information: 288-2915

Leagues are open to the first eight teams to register. The season consists of an 8-game schedule followed by a post-season single play tournament. Games are played at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning June 1, at Woodland Park. The cost is $125 per team. All teams must have a team manager complete the registration form and return, with fee, to the Athletics Office, 545 N. Upper St. (40508). Registration forms are available at lexingtonky.gov/parks. 

Youth Co-Ed Kickball Summer League Registration
Registration period May 1 – 31 
Information: 288-2915

Leagues are open to boys and girls ages 6 – 15 with player’s age as of Aug. 1, 2016. The season consists of an 8-game schedule followed by a post-season single play tournament. Games are played at 2 p.m. on Saturdays beginning June 11, at Kirklevington Park. The cost is $35 per participant – uniform cost not included. Registration forms are available at lexingtonky.gov/parks. 

City Two-Man Championship
Registration open through May 16 | Championship: May 21 & 22 | Kearney Hill Golf Links
Information: 288-2968 or 253-1981

This 36-hole tournament is open to men who reside in Fayette County or hold a membership at a Fayette County golf club. The first round is chapman alternate shot and best ball, with the second round a scramble and combined gross. The cost is $140 per team; fee includes a golf cart. Registration forms are available at any city-owned golf course or at lexingtonky.gov/parks. 

Let’s Go Fishing – Senior Adult Program
Wednesday, May 4 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Jacobson Park
Information and registration: 233-0986

Bring your fishing license, lawn chair and sunscreen, and enjoy a day of fishing at the lake at Jacobson Park. Kentucky Fish & Wildlife will provide the fishing poles and bait. Lexington Parks & Recreation will provide free lunch. Pre-registration is requested. In case of inclement weather, this free program will be postponed until Wednesday, May 11. 

Community Centers close
Friday, May 6 | 5 p.m. | Castlewood, Dunbar, Kenwick and William Wells Brown 
Information: 288-2955

Castlewood, Dunbar, Kenwick and William Wells Brown community centers close for the summer.

Fashion & Talent Show
Friday, May 6 | 7 p.m. | Dunbar Community Center
Information: 288-2941
This fashion and talent show will feature high school aged young women modeling prom dresses and younger children modeling spring fashion. Cash prizes will be awarded for the talent show winners. Those interested in participating in the talent show should contact Helen Smith at 288-2941. Admission is free. 

Woodcarving Workshop – Wooden Spoon 
Saturday, May 7 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Information and registration: 225-4073

Learn how to make one of the most versatile tools in the kitchen in this hands-on workshop taught by members of the Woodworker’s Guild of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. The fee is $10 per person which covers all tools and materials needed. Note: This program is for those 18 and over as sharp tools will be used. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Digital Photography Class
Saturday, May 7 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Information and registration: 225-4073

Are pictures from your digital camera or phone sometimes not turning out the way you want? Is your camera always in fully automatic mode but you’d like to learn what the other settings (and buttons) mean and do? Confused by all the terminology? Topics discussed will include shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth-of-field, camera modes, etc. Classes are free and pre-registration is requested. 

Stargazing
Saturday, May 7 | 9 p.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Information: 272-6105

Spring is the perfect time to see an ever-changing display of objects from stars and constellations to bright planets and the moon. The Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club will be onsite with a variety of telescopes. This event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Sunday Sessions presents Warren Byrom & The Fabled Canelands
Sunday, May 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Downtown Arts Center
Information: 425-2550

Sunday Sessions is a new concert series that offers a curated musical experience with some of the region’s most talented performers. This session will feature Warren Byrom & The Fabled Canelands. The event also features art, food and other surprises that make a unique evening for the entire family. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.lexingtonky.gov/DAC or by calling the ticket office at 425-2550. 

Upcoming Events 

Summer Basketball League Organizational Meetings
Monday, May 9 | 7 p.m. (Sun & Junior leagues) and 8 p.m. (Men’s league) | Dunbar Community Center
Information: 288-2955

All summer basketball leagues are played on the outdoor courts at Douglass Park, 798 Georgetown Street. Participant’s age as of Aug. 7, 2016, determines eligibility. The Sun Bowl league (ages 9 – 13 years) plays on Saturday mornings while the Junior Dirt Bowl league (ages 13 – 17) plays on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The cost for both is $125 per team/$10 per person. The Men’s Dirt Bowl (17 & over) plays Sunday through Thursday. The fee is $225 per team (registration is by teams only).

Ladies Golf Camp
Tuesday, May 10 – Friday, May 13 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Kearney Hill Golf Links
Information: 288-2968

This specialized golf camp is just for ladies ages 18 and up. Taught by PGA Professionals, this camp is designed to introduce the game of golf to beginners or if already a golfer, improve your skills. The camp will take place at Kearney Hill Golf Links and will conclude with on-course instruction at Meadowbrook Golf Course on Friday. The cost is $30 per person, payable in advance. Registration forms are available at lexingtonk.gov/parks.

Story Walk
Wednesday, May 11 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Information: 225-4073

Story Walk is a great way to get your children outside and reading. Families will take a short hike and read a page of the nature-themed story every few feet as they go along. This free program is weather dependent and will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Birds of the Bluegrass
Saturday, May 14 | 8 a.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Information and registration: 272-6105

This early morning bird walk offers visitors the opportunity to see and hear dozens of migrating bird species as they travel across Kentucky. Binoculars are available on request; participants are encouraged to bring their own. Pre-registration is requested for this hour-and-a-half program. This program is weather dependent and will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Bluegrass Birding Festival & Craft Fair
Saturday, May 14 |9 a.m. – 4 p.m.| Sunday, May 15 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | McConnell Springs
Information: 225-4073 or bluegrassbirdingfestival.com

Lexington Parks & Recreation is once again teaming up with Wild Birds Unlimited to offer a fun-filled weekend of birding for the entire family.

Football Combine
Sunday, May 15 | 2 – 4 p.m. | Douglass Park Football Fields
Information: 288-2917

This free program is open to boys and girls ages 5 – 12. Individuals will participate in a number of drills including the 40-yard dash, broad jump, shuttle and cone-based drills, agility tests and more. Basic football fundamentals will also be covered. LFUCG youth football coaches and recreation specialists will be leading the camp. Participants must wear cleats; all other gear will be provided. Additionally, all participants will receive a t-shirt. Registration is onsite.

Nature Journaling – Birds of a Feather
Sunday, May 15 | 3 – 4:30 p.m. | McConnell Springs
Information: 225-4073

Keeping a nature journal is a great way to learn more about yourself and the environment. Open to ages 14 and over, participants are invited to join park staff during peak spring migration where you will observe, journal and draw birds of the park.

Big Band & Jazz

Tuesdays, May 17, 24 & 31| 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater
Information: 288-2927

The return of spring means the return of one of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series – Big Band & Jazz. With a full schedule of live music planned, concert-goers can enjoy weekly Big Band or jazz music Tuesday evenings through Aug. 23. Picnics are encouraged and patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Bands scheduled to play in May: May 17 – The MetroGnomes; May 24 – Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors; and May 31 – Young at Heart Big Band.

Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials
Wednesday, May 18 – Sunday, May 22 | dawn to dusk | Masterson Station Park
Information: 288-2900 or www.bluegrassclassicsdt.com

Celebrating 54 years of border collie trials in the Bluegrass, this competition is one of the largest, longest-running and most prestigious trails in the country, and typically draws some of the top handlers from across the United States. Bleacher seating and concessions are available. Dogs are welcome as long as they are well-behaved and leashed at all times.

LexArts Hop – Downtown Arts Center and City Gallery
Friday, May 20 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Downtown Arts Center
Information: 425-2349

Explore the visual arts in downtown Lexington at the LexArts Hop. During this self-guided tour, patrons can explore, enjoy and buy original works of art in over 50 venues, including the Downtown Arts Center. Official Hop hours are 5 – 8 p.m. but many venues stay open later.

Canoeing
Saturday, May 21 | 9 a.m. ¬– 2 p.m. | Kentucky River
Information and registration: 225-4073

Join Parks & Recreation staff for a canoe trip along the Kentucky River. All participants must be at least five year old at time of registration. Parent or legal guardian must accompany all individuals under 18 years of age. Participants should pack a lunch that does not require refrigeration. Pre-registration is required. This free program will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival
Saturday, May 21 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, May 22 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Masterson Station Park
Information: 288-2925

The Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, a natural fiber and local food event, will once again showcase some of the nation's best fiber artists as well as offer workshops, demonstrations, and vendors with supplies for knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing and crocheting. Patrons can also enjoy products from Kentucky Proud food producers. Pre-registration for the workshops is required. A complete listing of classes offered, with fees, available at www.kentuckysheepandfiber.com.

Founders Day
Saturday, May 21 | 10 a.m.¬ – 4 p.m. | McConnell Springs
Information: 225-4073

Celebrate Lexington’s official “birthday” with a full calendar of activities for the whole family to commemorate the city’s founding in 1775. This free event will feature period reproductions for purchase from vendors who demonstrate their skills, historic reenactments, singing, dancing, contests, fun, food and more. Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Overnight Camping at Raven Run
Friday, May 27 – Saturday, May 28 | 6 p.m. – 11 a.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Information and registration: 225-4073

Learn basic camping skills including what to look for in a camp site and basic survival skills. This program will take place from 6 p.m. Friday through 11 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $15 per person or $35 per family. Pre-registration is required.

Little Explorers – Birds
Saturday, May 28 | 10 a.m. | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Information and registration: 272-6105

Little Explorers is designed for elementary-aged visitors. During this free program, participants will explore the park, learn about bird species and complete an art project. Parent/guardian(s) are required to stay with the young participant throughout the program. Pre-registration is requested.

Weekend Workout
Saturday, May 28 | 10 a.m. | McConnell Springs
Information: 225-4073

Volunteers play an important role in McConnell Springs. Individuals are needed to work outside on park projects such as trail maintenance, removal of invasive plants and application of mulch. Volunteers should come to the Education Center and stay as long as their schedule permits. This is a great opportunity for school, scout and other community groups.

Aquatic Centers open
Saturday, May 28 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland
Information: 288-2973

Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland aquatic centers open for the summer swimming season. Operating hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Saturday and noon – 8 p.m. Sunday. The cost for daily admission is $4 for youth age 15 and under and $5 for adults age 16 and over. Pool passes are also available for purchase at any aquatic center or can be purchased online. The cost is $200 for a family pass (up to six family members) and $40 for an individual pass. All remaining city pools open Saturday, June 4.

Poolapalooza
Saturday, May 28 | noon – 4 p.m. | Southland Aquatic Center
Information: 288-2973

Kick-off the summer swimming season with a splash at Poolapalooza. Held at the Southland Aquatic Center, this event will feature free pool admission, games, giveaways, music and other family-friendly activities.

Jacobson Lake boat dock opens on a daily basis
Saturday, May 28 | 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Jacobson Park

The boat dock at Jacobson Park will open on a daily basis beginning Saturday, May 28. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Saturday and 1 – 7 p.m., Sunday. (The last boat goes out at 6:30 p.m.) The fee to launch is $3 a boat. Park goers may also rent pedal boats. The rental cost is $4 for one-half hour for a two-person boat and $6 for one-half hour for a four-person boat.

Southland Jamboree
Monday, May 30 | 7 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater
Information: 425-2349

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a free weekly bluegrass music concert at the Moondance Amphitheater. Patrons can purchase concessions from food trucks or pack their own picnic. And be sure to bring your instrument and join in the jam after the show. This concert series kicks-off on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day (Sept. 5).

Memorial Day – Lexington Parks & Recreation offices closed
Monday, May 30

The Lexington Parks & Recreation administrative offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

Last updated: 5/4/2016 9:42:15 AM