Family canoe adventures this weekend [Family & Parenting]

Family canoe adventures this weekend

This weekend, Louisville Metro Parks will be hosting free canoe adventures for youngsters and families, with launches from two metro parks.  Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA), in partnership with Metro Parks’ Jefferson Memorial Forest, aims to introduce youth and families to the beauty of the Ohio by offering free rides in Voyageur canoes. Rides will leave from Shawnee Park on October 5 and Riverview Park on October 6.

canoe_011_0.gifThe UWCA program started with the goal of serving urban youth in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area – linking learning standards to environmental education and stewardship, and promoting physical activity in the outdoors. Due to its success, organizers have taken it on the road in a program called “The Canoemobile”. In addition to Louisville, this program will make stops in other cities that border a major river.

The canoe trips are FREE to groups and individuals (ages 3 and older), but pre-registration is required by calling Jefferson Memorial Forest at 502-368-5404. The Voyageur canoes are safe, stable and can carry as many as 15 people per ride. Safety equipment and trained staff will be provided. Organizers suggest wearing comfortable outdoor clothing that can get wet, but no flip-flops please! Water coolers will be available, so bring a refillable water bottle.

family canoe_0.jpg(At the Riverview Park event only – in addition to the free Voyageur rides – canoes and kayaks will be available for rental at $15/each – contact event partner River City Canoe & Kayak to reserve – 502-384-3737, or

The rides are sponsored by Metro Council District 12 Councilman Rick Blackwell and District 5 Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, with support from River City Canoe & Kayak.


boy-pappling-canoe.gifFriday, October 5

Shawnee Park – 4501 West Broadway

Ride times: 9am, 10:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, and 5:15pm

Parking available next to Dirt Bowl courts. Enter Shawnee Park Drive at Southwestern Parkway and follow signs.


girl in canoe_0.gifSaturday, October 6

Riverview Park – 8202 Greenwood Road

Ride times: 9am, 10:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, and 3:45pm

Park in the upper parking lot, and gather in the lower lot near the river.


2 kids in canoe_0.gifAbout Jefferson Memorial Forest

The Jefferson Memorial Forest stands as a living, woodland memorial to those Kentucky veterans who have served our nation in time of war. Today, the Jefferson Memorial Forest encompasses approximately 6,218 acres in southwest Jefferson County and portions of northern Bullitt County south of the Gene Snyder Freeway and between I-65 and Dixie Highway.

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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