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Lexington, KY Parks Guide

Lexington isn’t just a “horse capital” filled with endless horse tracks. The outdoors takes many forms in the city, and one way local residents take full enjoyment out of it is with pleasant-filled days in the park. Home to beautiful stretches of greenery, Lexington’s parks hold a special place in everyone’s minds. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of great parks that you can take the family to or just relax in.

Lexington KY Parks

Castlewood Park

  • 201 Castlewood Drive
  • Lexington, Kentucky 40505

Castlewood is one of Lexington’s oldest parks and is a full amenity park, which is located within walking distance of downtown. The Castlewood Park and Community Center is a 32.40 acre park which features the historic Loudoun House and contains the Lexington Art League. Castlewood Park also houses 4 modern swimming centers for adults and children. The swimming centers feature swimming instructors and a concession area.

There are indoor and outdoor playground areas for young children. The Community Center hosts local health programs for the residents, as well as a Kids Clubhouse with classrooms. Additional features at the Castlewood Park includes 2 baseball/softball fields, 2 horseshoe pits, 5 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts and a large gymnasium. There are admission fees for both the park and the center. The park has separate operating hours than the Community Center, but both are open Monday through Friday.

Woodland Park

  • 601 E. High Street
  • Lexington, Kentucky 40502

Woodland Park is a favorite neighborhood park that offers many educational and cultural programs for the Lexington residents. Its 19.40 acres feature the following sporting areas:

  • 1 baseball/softball field
  • 2 basketball courts
  • 2 horseshoe areas
  • 1 skate park area
  • 4 tennis courts

The Woodland Park offers year round activities for the community. There is a gazebo that can be used by the residents and is also used by the Park and Recreation Department for special events, like art fairs, concerts, and ballet performances. Other Woodland Park amenities include barbecue grills, picnic areas, a swimming center for adults and children with lifeguards and swimming lessons. A playground area with sand and climbing structures help to entertain the children. Large grassy areas allow people to play Frisbee. Woodland Park is open Monday through Saturdays at varying times, depending on the use of the skate park and the swimming center.

Jacobsen Park

  • 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Road
  • Lexington, Kentucky 40509

Jacobsen Park has a variety of fun activities for individuals who love the outdoors and for family members of all ages. It is home to the Jacobsen Park Marina, the Jacobsen Dog Park and a large playground and picnic area. Park features include fishing ramps, volleyball courts, a basketball court, walking trails, biking and jogging paths. There are vast, grassy fields for kite flying, Frisbee, and many other games. The marina section has a non powered boat launch, a fishing dock, and pedal boats. The playground area contains many structures designed for children to run, jump, crawl, and slide on. The picnic areas feature open shelters that can accommodate large groups of people. The shelter’s amenities are grilling pits, water, electricity, restrooms, and tables. Pet family members are treated to trees and benches, fenced in areas for varying size breeds, and “pooper scooper” devices. The park is open year round, from Monday to Saturday.

Masterson Station Park

  • 3051 Leestown Road
  • Lexington, KY 40511

A large portion of the nearly 660 acres of the Masterson Station Park is home to an equestrian facility for adults and youths. There is a riding complex with stalls located on the inside of the Equestrian Facility, which is open to the public for riding events or other activities. Horsemanship classes are provided for all levels, at $75 for the youth and $95 for adults. The Masterson Station Park section contains 4 dog parks, which sits on 4 acres of the park. The parks include water hydrants, benches, trees, and plenty of open running and jumping acres.

Masterson Station Park is home to two picnic shelters with full amenities and individual grills. Masterson’s vast acreage also features the Lion’s Club Pavilion, which can be rented for special events that can be staged indoor and outdoor for about 250 people. Additional amenities include soccer fields, football fields, playgrounds with unique structures, and a sand volleyball court. Masterson is open year-round with passes that can be purchased by the Lexington Park and Recreation Department.

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