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E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Things To Do


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Dog Park
On Saturday, April 10, 2004, the Louisville Dog Run Association and Kentucky Department of Parks opened the Sawyer Dog Park. Sawyer Dog Park was the first official off-leash dog park in our community.

Sawyer Dog Park is located in the northeast corner of the park property across Freys Hill Road from the main park entrance. The park spans across approximately six acres and is divided into three two-acre areas: one for small dogs (dogs under 30 pounds) and two for all dogs. Membership to the Louisville Dog Run Association is required to enter the dog park. For more information on the Louisville Dog Run Association, please visit www.louisvilledogs.com.

Astronomy
The Louisville Astronomical Society (LAS), established in 1933, is dedicated to promoting astronomy to the people of Greater Louisville. LAS created an astronomy center right here at the park where they host free monthly Star Parties. You can gaze through their telescopes at the planets and stars or bring your own for a lesson. The facilities include a classroom where LAS conducts space programs for all ages. They are also available for group events. For Star Party dates and other information, visit their website, http://louisville-astro.org.

Archery
The range has target distances of 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards and 10 and 15 meters. It is free and open to the public. If using broad head arrows, please use the broad head arrow sand pit. Group archery lessons are available for your scout troop, civic organization, or business.

Lessons are offered in Spring, Summer, & Fall. Our instructors are National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Certified.

Call for information about leages and tournaments! Contact the Recreation Department at 502-429-7270 for more information, pricing, and availability.

Badminton
The Activities Building has a large gym with four badminton/pickleball courts. The space is available for Badminton use Wednesday 6pm-8pm and Sunday 12pm- 2pm. Participants need to bring their own equipment. For rental information, please contact the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270.

Basketball
We have a full court outdoor basketball court across the road from the Activities Building open from dawn to dusk. Our gymnasium is available for rent at a cost of $65.00/hr. Call the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270 for more information on basketball and gym rental opportunities.

Birding
Many of our year round residents are easily found throughout the winter months, including chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, cardinals, sparrows, robins, and woodpeckers. The neotropical migrants are found in the park during the spring and summer. A special treat is to hear and possibly see the mating flights of the American Woodcock. Simply go out at dusk any evening in March near one of the brushy fields (by Hurstbourne parking lot is best)and you will start to hear the single raspy “peent” calls of the staging males. Suddenly, a male takes flight while giving a continuous series of chirps and twitters as it climbs in a large spiral to a height of several hundred feet. It will return in a series of swooping dives, still chirping away, to land within a few feet of where it started. This show will repeat for about half an hour after dusk. And come see our watchable wildlife at the new bird blind. Some of the more common birds you will see are cardinals, tufted titmice, robins, chickadees, and Carolina wrens. Bring your list of birds or get a bird list from the Recreation Office.

BMX
The park features a BMX track that is considered one of the best in the country and hosts the National BMX Grand Championships every Labor Day Weekend. All riders must wear protective gear and comply with park and track rules. Derby City BMX holds races here Wednesdays and Saturdays from early spring through the fall months. The track is open from March 1 - October 31 and is open to the public when races are not being held. There is a fee for racing. Visit www.derbycitybmx.org.

Community Gardening
The Tom Sawyer Community Gardens have grown to 155 garden plots. These gardens are available to the public at a cost of $30 per plot. One garden plot per family. Gardening is an excellent way for exercise, eating healthy, socializing, and learning. The park offers garden programs once a month at the gardens during the summer months, and there will be a Harvest Sampler held the first Saturday in October to celebrate the harvest. For more information, please call the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270.

Hiking
The 1-mile fitness trail is a crushed limestone, level grade trail with 10 exercise stations. The 1.25- mile Goose Creek nature trail meanders through open meadow habitat to a semi-wooded area along Goose Creek. The loop trail is an easy grade trail. This trail is only open to hikers. Bicycles are not allowed on the trail. There is an additional trail near Shelter 3 which leads to the park’s vernal pond. Please visit the Recreation Office for an informational guide to the vernal pond. All trails are open year-round. Please stay on main trails to reduce erosion problems in the park.

Model Airplane Flying
Also of interest is a radio-controlled airfield. The runway (400 feet long, 35 feet wide) may be used by all pilot members of the River City Remote Controllers. Open 10 AM to dusk daily, except for dates reserved for contests. Open year-round. Membership is required before using the airfield. Please call 502-241-0344 for more information.

Pickleball
The Activities Building has a large gym with a basketball court and four badminton/pickleball courts. It is open for pickleball use Tuesday 9am-11am and Thursday 9am-11am. Equipment provided by the park. For rental information please contact the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270.

Picnicking
There are three picnic shelters for public use. This area is a first come first serve basis, unless marked as reserved.

Shelter 1 is located near the main parking lot next to the playground. Included with the rental are a sand volley ball court and horse shoe pits. It has two attached restrooms, electrical hook ups, water, grill, and space to accommodate 150 people.

Shelter 2 is located near the main parking lot to the right of the Activities Building. It has water, grill, portable restrooms, and space to accommodate up to 100 people. It also includes a sand volley ball court and horse shoe pits.

Shelter 3 is located near the Sawyer Hayes Center on the back of the park. It has water, electrical hook ups, indoor restrooms, and space to accommodate up to 50 people.

Playgrounds
The park has two playgrounds. One near Picnic shelter number 1, and another near the dog park.

Soccer
The park has 14 soccer fields. Leagues and clinics are offered for various ages and levels of competition on these fields. Fall and Spring Leagues are run by the Sawyer Youth Soccer Association. For information regarding registration call 502-572-8568 or visit their website at http://www.sawyeryouthsoccer.com

Softball
The park has 3 lighted softball fields available for rental.
Leagues are offered in Spring & Fall: Men's D leagues on Mon. & Tues. Co-ed leagues on Thursday.
For rental or league information contact the recreation office at 502-429-7270.

Swimming
Pool is closed for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Tennis
The park's 12 tennis courts are open 7 a.m. to dusk daily.

Court Rentals
Courts can be rented for a fee up to six months in advance. Please contact the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270 for more information, pricing & availability.

Tennis Leagues
Spring and Fall leagues available. We offer tennis leagues for play levels 2.0-4.0. Men’s, Women’s, Double’s, Senior (ages 50 and up), and Junior (ages 18-25) leagues are available. All follow the USTA format. Registration is required for league participation. Call the Park Recreation Office at 502-429-7270 for more information.

Water Aerobics
The pool is closed for the remainder of the 2013 season.

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