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Stargazing at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park!

The 2011 stargazing season at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville begins on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 7 p.m. as the Louisville Astronomical Society opens the doors of the nation’s only state park-based astronomy center to the public.


The Urban Astronomy Center is located in the Root Cellar Building at the back of the park next to a four-acre field where society members set up their telescopes for free viewing of the stars, moon and planets.


“Think of us as an oasis of darkness surrounded by city lights,” LAS President Ken Alderson said. “We want to bring the stars to the public by offering them views through our instruments or teaching them how to use their telescopes.”


The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with an orientation lecture “What's Up?” in the UAC, a heated facility with a state-of-the-art classroom where participants can take a virtual tour of the solar system on the Star Ship Unbridled Spirit.


Plenty of free parking is available. Take the second entrance into the park from Frey”s Hill Road. The UAC is located at the end of the road past the soccer fields.


For more information and to see all of the 2011 Star Party dates, go to



E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park is a 580-acre park within the urban landscape of the city of Louisville. Recreational facilities include an Olympic-size outdoor pool; fully functional gymnasium with basketball, badminton and pickleball courts; athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse and flag football; a three-field softball complex; tennis courts; archery range; radio-controlled airfield; and BMX bicycle track.



Meeting space is abundant in the park with small classrooms in the administrative building or the large reception hall and conference room found at the Sawyer Hayes Community Center. The park also has three picnic shelters.




To visit E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, take the Gene Snyder (Interstate 265) to Exit 32.  Go west on Westport Road to Freys Hill Road.  Take Freys Hill Road into the park. 


E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
3000 Freys Hill Rd
Louisville, Kentucky 40241
Phone: 502-939-0324

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