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Parks

Goebel Park

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  • GoebelPark2005_004

Features:

  • Greenspace Rental
  • Trails
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Grill
  • Playground
  • Art/Sculpture
  • Water Park/Pool

Description:

Goebel Park offers a public pool, picnic shelters, a gazebo, a playground, and a grill. A walking trail connects this park to the Kenny Shields Park. The park also hosts the Sergeant First Class Jason Bishop Memorial that sits directly across from the house in which Jason grew up.

Goebel Park is best known for it's iconic German-style Carroll Chimes Clock Tower, which displays a charming mechanical puppet show of the Pied Piper on the hour, April through December. The clock tower also boasts a working carillon, which plays every hour as well. Architect Addison Clipson was commissioned to design the tower and worked with partner Bill Batson. Completed in 1979, the tower was named in honor of then Governor of Kentucky, Julian Carroll.

Goebel Park is named in honor of the only Covington native to be elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, William Goebel. Goebel had been elected governor of Kentucky under a cloud of suspicion and served as the 34th Governor of Kentucky for only four days in 1900 after having been mortally wounded by an assassin the day before he was sworn in. In May 1909, the City of Covington purchased the Goebel property, which compromised 14 acres at 5th and Philadelphia Streets, for park purposes.

Pool Operating Hours:

Open seven days a week from noon until 6:00 p.m., June through August 7, the pool is available to Covington residents in possession of a pool pass. Pool passes are available through the Parks & Recreation Department each year beginning in May. 

To obtain a pool pass, please complete the application below and return to the Parks & Recreation Dept. via mail to 20 W. Pike St., Covington, KY 41011 or e-mail to recreation@covingtonky.gov. Once it has been received, you will be contacted when your passes are available. Passes must be picked up in person by the applicant. Please present a valid I.D. or proof of residency when picking up your passes.

New this year, residents have the option of picking up the completed pool passes (once approved) at the pool site of their choosing, between noon and 6:00 p.m., seven days a week through Friday, August 5. 

Download the Pool Pass Application

Book a Picnic Shelter for your Event:

To book a picnic shelter, please call 859.292.2151 or email recreation@covingtonky.gov.

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Park Fee Structure

Service Fee
Hours All parks are open from Dawn until Dusk.
Pool & 
Water Park
Fees are suspended for the 2016 Pool Season.
Picnic Shelter $35 for Covington residents, $50 for non-residents
Volpenhein, Stone, and Breaden shelters in Devou Park are $50 for Covington residents, $75 for non-residents.
Grill Included in picnic shelter fee
Playground No fee
Soccer Field Use by permit only; no fee required for Covington residents. Practice Permits are issued on a weekly basis only and no blanket permits are issued. Prices vary, please contact the Recreation Dept. at 292-2151
Ball Field Use by permit only; no fee required for Covington residents. Practice Permits are issued on a weekly basis only and no blanket permits are issued. Prices vary, please contact the Recreation Dept. at 292-2151
Basketball Court Use by first-come, first-serve basis. Permits to reserve courts are available. No fee required for Covington residents. Practice Permits are issued on a weekly basis only and no blanket permits are issued. Prices vary, please contact the Recreation Dept. at 292-2151