Parks & Recreation Newsletter April 2016

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For additional information or any of the events or programs below, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at or 292-2151.

New Facebook Page

The Devou Park Facebook page is now the Covington Parks & Recreation page. You’ll be seeing more content on all city parks and recreational activities, events and programs. Use the hashtag #recreatethecov on social media to join in on the Parks & Recreation fun! Like us on Facebook.

Devou Park Annual Report

The 2015 Devou Park Annual Report is available to view online. The report shows financial expenditures, most of which are funded by Drees Pavilion and the Devou Trust, as well as completed projects, improvements, and events in the park. View the report.

Pool Passes

Pool passes will be available to residents beginning in May. However, you are encouraged to submit pool pass applications early in order to avoid any wait time. Simply fill out the form and return it by email or regular mail. Passes for early applicants will be available to pick up from City Hall in May, upon verification of identification. Download the form.

Growing Up Wild Workshop

Growing Up Wild is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. It is directed at early childhood educators of children ages 3-7. Educators interested in the program can learn details during a workshop from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23, at the Congregation of Divine Providence, 5300 St. Anne Rd., Melbourne, KY 41059. Learn more.

For more information or to register, please contact Jennifer Beach at or by calling 859-380-5310.

Fishing Derby

Mark your calendars for the annual Fishing Derby at Prisoners Lake on May 21. This fun, family event is free. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

British Soccer Camp

Covington Parks & Recreation will once again host the Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp this summer. The most popular soccer camp in the country, experience coaches teach key soccer skills and techniques for all age and skill levels.

This year’s camp will be held June 13 - 17 at Bill Cappel Sports Complex, 4305 Decoursey Ave, Covington, KY 41011. For more information and to register, email or call 800-878-2167 ext. 239.

Ohio River Paddlefest

Participate in one of America's largest and most exciting paddling events! Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Ohio River Paddlefest. Along the new 8.9 mile course you can explore the mouths of the Licking River and the Mill Creek, paddle under 6 bridges, take in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky skyline, and enjoy the live music and refreshments at the "Halfway Celebration" on the Covington shoreline. For more information and to register, visit

Park Spotlight: Devou Backcountry Trails

The Devou Park backcountry trails are now open for the season. These natural surface trails are perfect for hiking and biking. The backcountry trails are a multi-year, multi-phase project started in 2003 to establish destination-class natural surface trails. A collaboration between the City, the Devou Park Advisory Committee and the Greater Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance, the trails project has built, expanded, and improved miles of trails through the western half of Devou Park. The trails are managed and maintained by the Devou Park Trail Collective. Learn more at