LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With COVID-19 positivity rates declining and more people getting vaccinated, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Saturday that Louisville Parks and Recreation will reopen 11 of its community centers starting Monday, March 29.

What You Need To Know

  • 11 community centers in Louisville are reopening next week

  • One third of Louisville's population is vaccinated and the COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline

  • Four community centers, including Shawnee and Douglass, aren't reopening yet

  • Each center will hold a two-hour break every day for cleaning and disinfecting

Following Gov. Andy Beshear’s and public health official's guidelines, the centers will be open next week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The week after, the centers will be open from noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

There will be a two-hour break, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. each day, at each center for cleaning and disinfecting. Reopening protocols include mandatory mask wearing, temperature taking and capacity limits for each center.

“We know people have really missed the community centers and we are thrilled to get them open this week, as our schoolchildren begin Spring Break,” Fischer said.

Four centers – Shawnee, Douglass, the Metro Arts Center, and the Wilderness Road Senior Center – will not reopen next week, but are expected to open their doors during a second reopening phase later this spring.

The centers have been closed since mid-March 2020 due to COVID-19. During the closure, recreation staff have been hard at work fulfilling other duties, including work at the city’s 120 municipally owned parks, which have seen a drastic increase in usage and visitation. Community Center visitors will also see some dramatic improvements at the facilities, including major indoor and outdoor painting and restoration projects thanks to the great work of the recreation staff.

“Some of the centers look almost brand new,” said Ben Johnson, assistant director of Louisville Parks and Recreation. “Our team is excited to show our guests the improvements that have been made.” 

Parks officials recommend calling each center before visiting, due to the capacity limits. The full list of COVID-safe protocols at the Louisville Parks and Recreation community centers can be found here. Centers to reopen Monday, March 29:

  • Beechmont Community Center, 205 West Wellington Avenue (502-361-5484)
  • Berrytown Community Center, 1300 Heafer Road (502-456-8148) 
  • California Community Center, 1600 West St. Catherine Street (502-574-2658)
  • Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court (502-456-3261)
  • Molly Leonard Portland Community Center, 640 North 27th Street (502-776-0913)
  • Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue (502-456-8122)
  • Parkhill Community Center, 1703 South 13th Street (502-637-3044)
  • Shelby Park Community Center, 600 East Oak Street (502-574-1780
  • South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard (502-574-3206)
  • Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Avenue (502-775-6598)
  • Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane (502-937-8802)

Centers that will remain closed until Phase 2 later this spring: 

  • Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Boulevard (502-456-8120)
  • Metro Arts Center, 8360 Dixie Highway, (502-937-2055)
  • Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, 607 S. 37th Street, (502-775-5268)
  • Wilderness Road Senior Center, 8111 Blue Lick Road, (502-964-5151)


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