Covington’s Recreational amenities are quite impressive and numerous, including the 500+ acre Devou Park with playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails, a golf course, Drees Pavilion and other facilities. City residents have plenty to choose from to champion outdoor living and the City provides residents with seasonal access to pools, ball fields and a wonderful host of small neighborhood parks scattered throughout the city with picnic shelter rentals for those special events. Here is a list of the outdoor amenities offered by the City and available to both Visitors and Residents, managed by the Recreation Department. For more information on any of these listings, call the Recreations Department at 859-292-2151.
Picnic Shelter and Greenspace Rental
All recreational greenspace owned by the City is available for rental through the Recreation office. Many of Covington’s greenspaces offer covered picnic shelters that provide a shady venue for an outdoor event. Residents and non-residents looking to rent any shelter or greenspace must obtain a permit through the City. Popular use of these facilities includes special events like family reunions, company picnics, weddings, birthday parties and other gatherings.
Covington operates and maintains two pools and one water park exclusively for residents of the City. Swim lessons are offered each year and each pool employs lifeguards. This amenity is free to all residents and during summer months. Arts, crafts and swim classes are also occasionally offered at the pool locations.
To Obtain A Pool Pass
Pool access is free for Covington residents in possession of a pool pass. Pool passes are available through the Recreation office each year from June through August. Pool passes can also be acquired at pool locations during this time.
To obtain a pool pass, Covington residents will need to provide proof of residency, (a valid driver's license or State ID). If a resident has recently relocated to Covington and is not yet in possession of an ID with proof of address, a lease or utility bill showing a Covington address along with a photo ID is acceptable.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and will be required to complete and sign their own form. Parents and grandparents may get a pool pass for any children or grandchildren under the age of 18. Each pool pass comes with three guest passes.
The Recreation Office, in partnership with Skyward NKY, is currently working on expanding the Licking River Greenway trail system along the Licking River. In addition to this project, the City offers a variety of other trail options, including paved walking and bike trails, nature trails, and trails specifically catering to bicyclists that can be accessed throughout the City’s park system.
Toddlers and young children will delight in the zero-depth water and splash park located at the Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex. This park is open during summer months from June to August and available exclusively to residents with pool passes.
The City's park offer various amenities, such as:
- Grills: Many parks offer grill stations for public use that are located near the picnic shelters. All grills are fueled by charcoal and people must supply their own tools to use them.
- Playgrounds: Many parks throughout the city offer playgrounds, including both neighborhood parks as well as Devou Park. Each playground typically includes swings, slides and climbing structures that are suitable for children up to age 12. Each park meets State safety standards.
- Soccer Fields: Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex offers two soccer fields suitable for both youth and high school play. Usage of these fields is by permit only. Fields are open all year, weather permitting from dawn to dusk.
- Ball Fields: Five parks in Covington offer a total of 9 ball fields that cater to both baseball and softball for youth, high school and adults. Usage of these fields is by permit only. Fields are open all year, weather permitting, from dawn to dusk. Some fields offer lighting, pending permit approval. Request for light usage and after-hour access to fields may result in additional fees.
- Basketball Courts: Seven parks in Covington offer a total of 11 basketball courts with regulation-height basketball goals that caters to youth and adults. Usage of courts are first come first serve or by permit. Courts are open all year from dawn to dusk.
Programs and Activties
Some programs supported by the Recreation office include:
- Healthy Mondays
- Senior Swim
- Senior Tai Chi
- Move. Breathe. Grow.
- Softball Leagues