Take Advantage of Your St. Matthews Parks Before the Freeze
Fall is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the last days of bearable weather before the harsh Winter sinks in. In fact, these next few weeks when there is a chill in the air and the last leaves are falling off of the trees, are the best days for bundling up in your cold weather gear and heading out to your local parks for some fun. This is my favorite time of year for enjoying the many outdoor amenities that our city has to offer. These days spent playing outside not only bring with them the obvious excitement of a day at the park but often lead to some of the best memories.
St. Matthews has several parks within the community. The heart of the St. Matthews neighborhood is the award winning Brown Park. Brown Park holds many of the community events such as next month’s Light up St. Matthews and the recent 15th annual St. Matthews Halloween Festival that was a huge hit. When Brown Park isn’t hosting a huge neighborhood blow out, you can always find someone you know at the park using it’s many amenities. Brown Park has beautiful asphalt walking trails through the woods and next to Beargrass Creek, creating scenic but walkable paths. There is a pond on the East side of the park that has become the home of several species of wild duck. Children love to come to the pond and check out the ducks. Although there are posted signs saying not to feed them, I have seen many Grandmas allowing their happy grandsons to throw the ducks some crackers. Brown Park is also equip with playgrounds, picnic tables, barbeques, and a large pavilion for entertaining.
Seneca Park is one of Louisville’s most popular parks and is right on the outskirts of St. Matthews. Seneca Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same “landscape architect” who designed New York City’s Central Park. Seneca Park is a 500 acre park that offers many amenities, including soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, running paths, and an 18-hole golf course.
If you are a sports lover than Community Park is the place for you to go. Community Park is a 45.8 acre park located just off of Shelbyville Road by the Ten Pin Lane Bowling Alley. Community Park is home to the St. Matthews Little League so it is filled with league quality baseball fields. In addition to the baseball fields, the park has basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, asphalt walking trails through wooded terrain, and picnic tables with barbeques. This park has everything you need if you are going to watch a game with your family or if you want to play your own game!
Arthur K. Draut Park is a simple park located on Bowling Boulevard just several blocks from Brown Park. This 24.2 acre park is intended for walkers, runners, or joggers and offers a scenic trail for interesting ambiance. No restrooms are offered at this park, so it is purely a place to enjoy the view.
Warwick Park is located off of Virginia Avenue and has many amenities for all ages. There is an asphalt walking trail around the perimeter of the park, creating a track and open green space in the middle. Barbeques, picnic tables, playgrounds, and basketball courts are all available at the park as well as a baseball diamond that is available to be reserved for free. A large pavilion can also be reserved for large parties at no cost.
All of these St. Matthews city parks are open to the public from Dawn till Dusk and offer free parking. Bundle up in your coats, hats, and gloves, and enjoy your local parks even if it is a little chilly! Pretty soon it will be so cold the only thing you will be able to do at these parks is sled!
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