What greater joy does a kid have in the summer than to get wet, enjoying the contrast of the cool water and the hot sun? All of creation is groaning for the day we can safely swim in Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River (Romans 8:19-22). But until then, here are three great places where your family can cool down and have fun this summer, and meet people from all over the city:
Not only does Louisville’s park along the river have the Great Lawn, walkways, and several play areas, it also features the dancing water fountain (pictured above). The waterplay area is open May-September. This is an ideal place for fun and for congregating with fellow residents. And you can get hot dogs, ice cream and lemonade from nearby food vendors.
Tyler Park in the Highlands is a good place to play basketball and tennis, or just have a picnic. It’s also a fun place for kids to play in the Spray Pool. This isn’t a big park, but there’s lots of fun to be had here. And the limestone tunnel that connects the two areas of the park is a winner with kids.
Cherokee Park is one of Louisville’s most-attended and largest parks, with great hiking and biking trails (and the Dog Trail, for dog-loving families) swings, softball field, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits, and plenty of picnic areas. It also features The Hogan’s Fountain pavilion, a modern architectural structure that draws a ton of interest and withstood an F4 tornado in 1974. This is where you’ll find the fun Sprayground as well.
Looking for something closer to your home?
Check out this comprehensive list of swimming pools and sprayparks in the Louisville metro area. Shelby Park, Crescent Hill and many other areas of the city are represented. Bring on the sun!
- Where do you and your kids like to cool off and have water-fun in the summer?
Top photo courtesy Sojourn communications intern Chelsey Scott