Parks & Recreation Newsletter May 2016


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

Community Park Planning Meetings

Help us breathe a breath of fresh air into your neighborhood parks! Covington is currently gathering community input for the improvement of several parks. Below is a list of upcoming community park planning meetings:

Father Hanses Park: Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Auditorium, 625 Pike St. Snacks provided.

Basil Lewis & Annie Hargrave Parks: Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m., and Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. All meetings will be at Annie Hargraves Park at the corner of Chesapeake and West Robbins Streets. Participants are encourages to bring a blanket or chairs.

Licking River Greenway Volunteer Day

Join us May 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to clear invasive plants from the Licking River Greenway Trails. We will be meeting at Austinburg Park. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, go to

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.

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: Licking River Greenway

The Licking River Greenway and Trails is an ambitious effort to create an urban greenway and trail system from the mouth of the Licking River south to I-275. It will connect the cities of Covington, Newport, Wilder and Taylor Mill via a system of nature trails, paved trails, and water trails. Covington was the first city to begin implementation of the trail. Covington's trail includes more than five mile multi-modal structure connecting the neighborhoods of Latonia, Wallace Woods, Austinburg, Eastside, and Historic Licking Riverside. To learn more, visit our Parks or Trails page.