201 Castlewood Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40505
Basketball Court (2)
Baseball/Softball Field (2)
Community Center with gymnasium
Horseshoe Pit (2)
Tennis Courts (5)
Castlewood Park is a 32.40-acre park located near downtown Lexington (1st District) and is one of the city’s oldest parks. The city of Lexington purchased the Loudoun House and the grounds in the 1920’s and converted it into Castlewood Park and Community Center.
On this property sits the historic Loudoun House. In 1840, Francis Key Hunt married Julia Warfield, whose parents gave the couple 60 acres of suburban land on the Bryan Station Pike adjoining the Warfield estates. This land, called “The Meadows,” was to be the future site of Loudoun. The Loudoun House was constructed as a residence for Francis Key and Julia. By the time of its completion in 1852, the home cost over $30,000, as much as many public buildings in nineteenth-century Kentucky. Loudoun was named for Mrs. Hunt’s favorite song, “The Bells of Loudoun.” Francis Key and Julia Hunt lived here together from 1852 until his death in 1879 and Julia sold the property to Colonel William Cassius Goodloe. Goodloe served as the chairman of the national committee of the Republican Party and was later appointed Minister to Belgium by President Hayes. The Goodloe’s owned the home until 1921 when it was sold to J.F. Bailey of Paintsville, Kentucky.
The Loudoun House is considered one of the largest and finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Kentucky. It in one of only five remaining castellated Gothic Revival villas left in the United States by New York architect, Alexander Jackson Davis, and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. It is currently home to the Lexington Art League.
Castlewood Aquatic Center
Castlewood Park is home to one of the city’s four aquatic centers. This state-of-the-art facility includes a bath house, concession area, water play area for children 10 & under, outdoor play area (sand), playground, an octopus slide, a diving board, grassy beach area for sunning and zero-depth entry/exit. Swim lessons and swim team competitions are held here. Daily admission is $4 for youth 15 & under and $5 for adults 16 & over. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm and Sunday, 1 – 8 pm. For additional information on this facility, contact the Aquatics Office at (859) 288-2973.
Castlewood Community Center
The Castlewood Community Center is one of seven community centers owned and operated by Lexington Parks & Recreation. This center offers a wide-variety of programs to include health & wellness, recreation and leisure activities for both youth and adults. This community center is home to one of the Tubby’s Klubhouse Computer Education Classrooms which offer Dell TechKnow classes two-to-three times per year (fall, spring and/or summer). For additional information or to request a Tubby’s Klubhouse program application, call (859) 288-2984. The Castlewood Community Center is open from September through May. Hours are 3 – 9 pm, Monday through Thursday; 3 – 7 pm on Friday; and 8:30 am – 1 pm on Saturday. During Fayette County Public School snow days, hours are 11 am – 5 pm. For more information on activities taking place at this center, call (859) 254-2470 of (859) 288-2953.
Parks & Recreation is working diligently to provide access and make improvements to parks to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Almost all the features on the main play structure at Castlewood Park are handicap accessible. There is a paved walkway leading up to and around much of the playground. The newest addition to this area of the park is a fully accessible restroom and picnic shelter. Construction of this amenity was completed in the summer of 2009. Future plans include adding more equipment and a shade structure over the playground.