Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month
eventJuly is National Parks and Recreation Month and we want to recognize the hard work of the Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department. The dedicated Parks and Rec team is driven to engage community members of all ages,and improve the quality of life in our City through various programs and services, and maintenance of six community parks, twelve miles of trails and multiple recreational facilities.
Find community parks and trails, and all parks and recreation programs at www.danvilleky.org
In addition to the work of the parks and recreation department, the Danville City Commission has committed, as evident by the 2023-2026 Strategic Workplan, to prioritize parks and recreation activities and maintenance as a way to promote community engagement, encourage a healthy-active lifestyle for all citizens, and preserve the beautiful parklands in Danville.
Read the full strategic workplan here
Through the commitment of the Danville City Commission and the Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department, many improvements and expanded programming are happening in our community:
Renovation of Pete Cress Field: The Pete Cress field has been used for decades and was in great need of repairs to be certain it can be used for baseball and softball well into the future. The field is being updated with new fencing, grading and dugout renovations and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and our community has wholly embraced the game. Currently Pickleball is played every Wednesday night, 6:00pm – 9:00 pm,and Sundays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, at the Jennie Rogers Community Center.Although, in nice weather, pickleball is better enjoyed outdoors.
The Pickleball community has spoken and the City of Danville is responding by transforming the three tennis courts at the Bunny Davis Center to be six Pickleball Courts. A new fence will soon be installed and then paving and striping the courts to the appropriate pickleball dimensions. The courts are expected to be completed in 2023.
Tennis Courts: The New Tennis Complex at Millennium Park, in the area of the former fairgrounds, hosted a KHSAA Regional Tennis Tournament in its first week, bringing in teams from seven counties. The Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department offers tennis lessons by instructor, Tao Costello, at the new courts, providing more opportunities, and more space for beginners, and experts, alike, to grab a racquet and enjoy!
Bunny Davis Pool:
Recent updates to the Bunny Davis Pool include general cosmetic improvements such as painting and updated seating, as well as offering free swim passes for high school students for the 2023 Summer. Community members raised concerns about a lack of activities for high school aged students in our community and the Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department is doing their part to meet this need. High School Students, including incoming freshmen, can swim free at the Bunny Davis Pool all summer long. The student should show a high school ID or some form of proof of grade 9 – 12 status with each visit, and must be a student educated at school in Boyle County (which also includes privately, or homeschooled students). Students 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 859-238-1233 if you have questions or would like to discuss any special circumstances.
Expanded programs: From adult leagues to day camps, the Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department is offering something for everyone. See all programs and activities at https://www.danvilleky.org/317/Programs and follow Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation on Facebook to stay up-to-date on parks programs, maintenance and events.
This month, let’s celebrate the hard work of the Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Department and the beautiful parks and trails in our community. Take a walk, go for a swim, join a team or have a picnic. No matter what you enjoy, we hope you will take a moment this month to explore Danville’s parks.