District 7 E-Newsletter

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107


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Phone Numbers
of Interest

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 574-7275

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Property Valuation Administration: 502-574-6380

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447


In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

I have embraced spring with open arms after staying indoors for a year due to the awful and irritating Coronavirus. From time to time I would purposefully go outside, breathe in fresh air, or get in the car and drive aimlessly to see others mill around cautiously. I have managed to rearrange my life by adjusting to Zoom meetings and WebEx forums, and learning how to creatively entertain myself (and sometimes my husband) when the television was too routine and boring. I’ve read plenty of books, finished a 300-piece puzzle and started writing my sixth stage play. I would like to say that if I don’t do anything else, I’ve done enough.  But that would not be true at all. The one thing that I have not started --- and not even thought about, is getting my house ready for spring.

When I was a little girl, my mother ushered in spring by opening all the windows to let fresh air in right before she began cleaning them. She would also gather all the pillows and throw rugs and hang them on the clothesline (who remembers a clothesline?). I enjoyed watching her beat the rugs and remember wondering if she was doing this because her mother did it when she was little, or if she created this habit on her own. I can honestly say that I have never beaten a rug hanging on a clothesline, so I guess that part of my mother’s spring ritual was not generational.

Through the years I have often engaged in the type of spring cleaning my mother taught me. When cleaning my closets, I separate clothes and shoes into three batches --- store away, give away or throw away.  I air out my mattresses, get rid of dingy towels, clean out the refrigerator, dust the window blinds and ceiling fans, vacuum the chair and sofa cushions and throw out expired medicine and can goods.

Whew! Just thinking about cleaning my house from top to bottom is overwhelming.  Being cooped up in the house did not inspire me to begin tackling one room at a time to clean. Nope, again, it never crossed my mind. So, while the Louisville Metro Council members are on hiatus for spring break, from now until April 12, I shall begin my long overdue spring cleaning. Oh, how fun!

NOTE: The District 7 Council office will still be operational, and the staff will be there as usual to take your calls and handle your concerns. The e-Newsletter will be issued, but the ‘Message from McCraney’ column will be filled with one of my favorite poems, or a guest writer’s comments. My message will return April 16, and I’m sure I’ll have a lot to share.

Recap of Metro Council Meeting

metro council

Boards/Commissions - All 11 of the Mayor's recommendations to the Civilian Review & Accountability Board were approved.  I voted "YES" to all the nominations. For me, I thought it was important to have a diverse set of community leaders and voices on the initial organizing board. I resolved that even the two controversial nominees will be a plus on the board for various reasons. They will be involved in learning LMPD policies and procedures and getting required intensive training. They will get a firsthand view of how policing works, observe the stresses of a police officers job, learn about the laws pertaining to policing and get to ride along with an officer. It will be eye-opening for them. After their training and work with others on reviewing policies and procedures they will be able to share their positive experiences with other protestors and those who have been abused or adversely affected by the police or the justice system. They will have an opportunity AND REASON to speak highly of the Civilian Review & Accountability Board (CR&AB) process and persuade others to give the board a chance to succeed. Those two voices of righteous indignation, more than any of the others on the board, will have the ear of those who are a bit apprehensive about the police. They will be influential in getting others to see policing in a different light than they have otherwise been exposed. I encourage all of us to give the CR&AB a chance to succeed. I especially encourage us to give the two black nominees on the board who posted on FB disparaging remarks about the police a chance to prove themselves. I am very optimistic about the CR&AB and its board members. I am also very hopeful that they will have very little to do as board members. That means, police officers are doing their jobs professionally and above reproach. And if something occurs and a police officer's actions must be scrutinized and investigated, I rest assured of two things, 1. a trained and highly-skilled Inspector General is the one responsible for the investigation, not the board members, and 2. no one or two members of the board can make final decisions for the entire board or overturn the decisions of the majority on the board.  

Doxing - Legislation failed that would have made it unlawful to publicize an individual's private and personally identifying information on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.  I voted "NO" on this ordinance because it teetered with freedom of speech. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) has revolutionized the way human beings get information and communicate and interact with one another. There are good and bad aspects to social media. One of the positives about social media is, it nurtures and expands or reinvigorates relationships. One of the bad things about it is that it provides platforms for some decidedly unhealthy and destructive behaviors, especially by those who wish to maintain anonymity. Unfortunately, in the case of doxing, we have to accept that which is legally allowable, and posting things on the Internet is legal.  I wish there was a way to measure one's intent and regulate morality and decency. Until we figure out how to do this, I will continue to pray that society will someday soon become more civil and respectful.  

Odd Fellows Building - The Council overturned a decision of the Landmarks Commission designating the Odd Fellows Building located at 211-215 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. a local landmark.   I voted "YES" to overturn the Landmarks Commission's designation.  I didn't do it to disagree with the Landmarks Commission. I did it because the Landmarks Commission was too little, too late in making the designation. The building was sold to the Omni Hotel years ago when there was no designation on the building. Now that the city no longer owns the building, we can't, in earnest, control what happens to a piece of property we no longer own. I support the value of maintaining historic buildings. We must do a better job of designating these buildings if we want to preserve them.  

Paid Leave - An ordinance was passed granting Louisville Metro employees up to twelve weeks of paid leave after a birth or adoption. Eligible employees can be full or part-time, but must have had twelve months of continuous employment prior to leave request.  I voted "YES" on this ordinance once I was satisfied that the financial impact was within the scope of sustainability for the Louisville Metro Government. 

Visit the Metro Council Clerk's website for more information on these items or to watch the meeting.

Property Valuation Meeting - March 30th


Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Virtual) 

Increasing public understanding of property assessments and the right to appeal is a top priority; therefore, your attendance at this public meeting is extremely important as the first step of the appeals process in 2021 is only available from April 23rd to May 17th.

For additional information, and how to connect to the meeting click here or telephone the PVA office at 502-574-6380.

For information on Home Rule Cities (Suburban Cities), click here:

Satellite Cities | Jefferson County PVA (ky.gov)

Notice of Public Hearing - Herr Lane Development


APRIL 1, 2021 - 1:00 PM


You are invited to attend a review for a REVISED DETAILED DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLAN for a 520-unit multi-family development on approximately 19 acres with associated Binding Elements, and Waivers and Variances.

Dante St. Germain (dante.st.germain@louisvilleky.gov)

PLANNING COMMISSION Thursday, April 1, 2021

Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM and continue until all cases are heard

Online Meeting - https://louisvilleky.gov/government/upcoming-public-meetings

If you wish to submit comments on this case, please submit comments (in writing) to the case manager by 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  Or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/government/Planning-Design for:

  • Meeting agenda and staff report
  • More information on zoning processes
  • Public comment opportunities

Don’t have internet access? Please call 574-6230 to find out how to connect to the meeting by telephone.

Please complete a speaker record form or contact the case manager in advance of the meeting if you wish to speak. The speaker record form is available at the above website.

Vaccine Updates


40 and Older - Now Eligible for Vaccine

Those 40 and older are now eligible for the COVID Vaccine. More Vaccine locations are opening up as efforts are underway to vaccinate everyone. Individuals can now sign up for notifications so state officials can communicate with them when doses become available at new and existing sites.

Click here for Kentucky’s vaccine map which lists regional vaccination partners statewide. Individuals can search their county or region and see how to schedule an appointment. Additionally, Kentuckians can find additional vaccination sites at Kroger, Walmart and Walgreens stores, as well as independent pharmacies.

Feedback On Vaccine Hesitancy Needed


Louisville's Black healthcare and church leaders are requesting feedback on vaccine hesitancy in the Black Community.  Attached is a link to a Facebook discussion of community leaders from St. Stephen Church and community health leaders discussing the reasons and history for vaccine hesitancy and solutions for that. In addition there is a survey that they would like for viewers to complete after they watch the discussion. Please consider assisting in this effort.

Facebook link is here.

Complete the survey here.

Additional information about this is referenced in a Courier-Journal article written by Billy Tobin. Click here to access article.

COVID-19 Testing


COVID-19 Vaccinations / COVID-19 Cases Decline


Here are the key stats for vaccinations in Metro Louisville: 

  • Citywide, 373,124 total doses have been administered between the LouVax site and its healthcare system community partners, Norton Healthcare, UofL Health and Baptist Health. Of that total number, 129,294 have completed both doses.
  • 29.8% of residents have received at minimum the first dose and 14.7% have completed the vaccine series. 
  • Through its LouVax site, the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness has given 70,060 doses to date.

Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, Associate Medical Director of Metro Health and Wellness said on Monday, adults ages 40 and older, essential workers and individuals with chronic medical conditions will be eligible for vaccinations to align with the governor's announcement to open up eligibility for residents. 

Individuals that need assistance registering for vaccine appointments can visit the Metro Health and Wellness website or by calling the LOU HEALTH Helpline at 502-912-8598.

Watch the vaccination update from the LouVax site at Broadbent Arena HERE.

Louisville Marks Milestone with Tenth Week of COVID Cases on Decline


"If people continue to get vaccinated, wear masks and limit who they're around to other vaccinated people, our cases counts will begin to trend down more," Dr. Moyer said. "If you're not comfortable getting tested, please stay home or limit how often you're going out around groups."

Reminder: If you need assistance or guidance with next steps you can call our LOU HEALTH COVID-19 Helpline at 502-912-8598.

Here are the COVID-19 data metrics for the week of March 16, 2021:

  • 793 positive cases reported
  • 14.8 cases per 100,000 population 

To view the weekly COVID update with public health officials CLICK HERE. For information on where to get tested for COVID-19 in Louisville CLICK HERE

Update from Governor Beshear


On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear signed 10 bills that prioritize the well-being and safety of all Kentuckians, with a special focus on protecting seniors and vulnerable children and families.

There is nothing more central to governing than providing for the safety and security of our people,” said Gov. Beshear. “From day one of my administration, public protection has been a top priority on multiple fronts: fighting the opioid epidemic and then the once-in-a-century global COVID-19 pandemic, while keeping our children and seniors safe from criminals who would take advantage of them. Today, I am proud to join state legislators in advancing these goals again.”

The Governor signed the following bills:

House Bill 7
The Governor supports House Bill 7, which will help the state fight drug addiction to save lives and ensure brighter futures for Kentucky families.

House Bill 8
The Governor supports House Bill 8 because it means retirement contributions from employers will no longer be based solely on a percentage of their payroll.

Under the previous formula, some employers were able to drastically reduce their contributions simply by laying off and outsourcing staff. In the last decade alone, the number of active member employees the Kentucky Employee Retirement Systems funding has been based on declined dramatically. This results in contribution rates rising higher and higher, resulting in even more layoffs and outsourcing. Those impacted the most are agencies that help those suffering – Kentucky’s sexual trauma, rape crisis and recovery centers and our child advocacy centers.

“This bill means children who have been waiting to receive trauma-informed services will get them. It means more communities will be served, more programs will be saved from cuts and these agencies will keep their doors open,” said Gov. Beshear.

House Bill 105

The Governor supports House Bill 105, which strengthens the state’s response in mobilizing rescue efforts when a Kentuckian goes missing. By investing in communications resources, this bill will help bring Kentuckians home before a dangerous situation becomes a tragedy.

House Bill 254

The Governor supports House Bill 254, a bipartisan effort that will help law enforcement better protect Kentucky’s children by enhancing penalties against predators who possess, view or distribute sexually exploitive material of minors younger than 12.

“As attorney general, I saw first-hand how our children can be exploited online, often without even realizing it. HB 254 provides law enforcement with the authority to charge offenders with more serious crimes,” said Gov. Beshear. “This bill is personal to me as a father of a 10- and an 11-year-old. Protecting our children has to be our number one priority.”

House Bill 273

The Governor supports House Bill 273 which protects victims of crime from continued re-victimization through better use of the Open Records Act.

House Bill 392

The Governor supports this bill which will allow more Kentuckians, especially seniors, who are struggling financially to receive energy funding available through voluntary utility home-energy assistance programs, while also reducing program administration costs.

House Bill 472

Like House Bill 254, House Bill 472 further protects Kentucky children by extending the statute of limitations for misdemeanor sex offenses against children from five to 10 years, among other provisions.

“Most children, in particular the very young, do not disclose abuse in real time,” said Gov. Beshear. “We must do everything we can to create the safe pathways so that survivors of childhood sexual abuse feel empowered to make their voices heard and tell their stories in their own time, while ensuring we can still hold the perpetrators accountable.”

Senate Bill 64

Senate Bill 64 gives the commonwealth enhanced tools to continue fighting to end child sexual abuse. Kentucky must crack down on cybercrimes so we can better protect our children,” said Gov. Beshear. Senate Bill 64 targets online child predators and creates tougher penalties for those who use the internet to prey on minors, especially children 12 and younger. This bill also makes it easier for law enforcement to conduct undercover stings and increases the chances of stopping a horrific crime against a child from being facilitated through the internet.

Senate Bill 66

The Governor supports this bill which helps ensure Kentucky children have access to quality, safe environments where they can learn and grow, including youth camps. Senate Bill 66 better defines the requirements and standards for background checks for those working at youth camps.

Senate Bill 84

Kentucky has one of the highest rates of parents who are incarcerated, and research shows the negative impact this adverse childhood experience has on individuals. The Governor supports this bill, which treats health care as a basic human right and prioritizes giving children the best start to their life despite circumstances beyond their control.

The Governor VETOED the following bills:

House Bill 312

“I am vetoing House Bill 312 because it defeats the entire purpose of the Kentucky Open Records Act, which exists to ensure people’s right to know how their government operates,” said Gov. Beshear.  The bill would shield the legislative branch from providing public records, and would make it the judge of what records it should produce with no ability for a citizen to appeal that decision to a judge. It would also prevent any nonresident of Kentucky from being able to access public records.

House Bill 475

The Governor does not support House Bill 475 because it intentionally weakens health and safety protections for Kentucky workers.

Senate Bill 65

“This is a cruel bill at any time – but certainly in a once-in-100-year pandemic, taking food benefits away from children is cruel,” said Gov. Beshear. “One in six Kentucky households with children experiences food insecurity. My faith teaches me that we never punish a child for the actions of a parent.”

The Governor is vetoing Senate Bill 65 because it will deprive Kentucky children of essential food assistance, and it will require the commonwealth to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in administrative costs to do so.
“When I took the oath of office to become your Governor, I knew there was no more important duty than to protect our people,” said Gov. Beshear. “The last year has demonstrated the necessity of prioritizing the health and safety of Kentuckians, especially the most vulnerable. I will continue to work with leaders at all levels to act to make this a safer, more secure commonwealth for each of our families.”

If you would like more information please click here.

Update from Mayor Fischer


With COVID-19 positivity rates declining and more people getting vaccinated, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville Parks and Recreation will re-open 10 of its community centers Monday, March 29.

Following Gov. Andy Beshear’s guidelines and in consultation with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, the centers will be open next week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Starting the following week (beginning April 5), the centers will be open from noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. There will be a two-hour break, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. each day, at each center for cleaning and disinfecting.

Reopening protocols include mandatory mask wearing, temperature taking and capacity limits for each center.

“We know people have really missed the community centers and we are thrilled to get them open this week, as our schoolchildren begin Spring Break,” Mayor Fischer said, adding that the centers will continue their tradition of providing quality programming and activities – while keeping safety as their main priority.

Four centers, Shawnee, Douglass, the Metro Arts Center and the Wilderness Road Senior Center, will not reopen next week, but are expected to open their doors during a second reopening phase later this spring.

Community Center visitors will also see some dramatic improvements at the facilities, including major indoor and outdoor painting and restoration projects thanks to the great work of the recreation staff.

“Some of the centers look almost brand new,” said Ben Johnson, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation. “Our team is excited to show our guests the improvements that have been made.” 

Parks officials recommend calling each center before visiting, due to the capacity limits. For the full list of COVID-safe protocols at the Louisville Parks and Recreation community centers, visit bestparksever.com. Centers to reopen Monday, March 29:

  • Beechmont Community Center, 205 West Wellington Avenue (502/361-5484)
  • California Community Center, 1600 West St. Catherine Street (502/574-2658)
  • Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court (502/456-3261)
  • Molly Leonard Portland Community Center, 640 North 27th Street (502/776-0913)
  • Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue (502/456-8122)
  • Parkhill Community Center, 1703 South 13th Street (502/637-3044)
  • Shelby Park Community Center, 600 East Oak Street (502/574-1780)
  • South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard (502/574-3206)
  • Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Avenue (502/775-6598)
  • Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane (502/937-8802)


Update On The American Rescue Plan Act

Mayor Fischer touted the enormous financial shot in the arm that the American Rescue Plan Act will provide Louisville to not only help end and recover from the pandemic, but also boost the city’s equity work. For more information watch here.

Public Library Expands In-Person Operations


With the city’s COVID-19 positivity rate no longer in the Critical Zone, the Louisville Free Public Library is pleased to announce the expansion of in-person services at all locations.

Following Gov. Andy Beshear’s guidelines and in consultation with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, the Library will offer in-person “Grab and Go” access to library materials starting Friday, March 26.

Patrons will be encouraged to browse and pick up library materials and check out using self-check kiosks. Building capacity will be limited to ensure social distancing, and visits will be limited to no more than 90 minutes. Masks and temperature checks are required to enter library facilities, and all patrons (age 5 and older) must properly wear a face covering at all times during their visit. The Library will have masks available for patrons who arrive without them. 

Study rooms and meeting spaces are not available for use at this time. However, as it has since August, computer access, printing and free faxing services will be available at all locations. 

LFPL’s popular curbside pick-up of library materials will also continue. For information on LFPL’s curbside service, please visit LFPL.org/curbside, or call (502) 574-1611.

We look forward to welcoming you back into the Library starting March 26.

$100,000 for Qualified Minority Owned Business


Louisville Metro Government has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) with $100,000 available for one or more organizations to provide a business incubator for minority-owned businesses. The incubator should emphasize Black-owned businesses, which have not had the same economic benefits and financial stability as other businesses. Organizations would be expected to provide physical and virtual spaces and assist business owners with resources to start or grow their business.

An incubator differs from an accelerator in that it works to build new businesses, not scale established businesses and differs from a co-working space in that in addition to space and networking, it offers business resources.  To get more information click here. 

The Request For Proposals ends April 30th. 

Utility Assistance Available

In response to financial challenges and other barriers that some individuals and families are still experiencing as a result of COVID-19, the Mayor announced expanded benefits and a more streamlined intake process for Metro COVID-19 Utility Relief Funds allocated to help LG&E customers pay outstanding balances. Learn more by clicking here.

New FEMA Floodplain Maps Now Available

Jefferson County has received new Floodplain maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that became effective 2/26/2021. These maps removed approximately 1,400 properties from floodplain maps and added 1,100 new properties to the maps. Flood insurance requirements will take effect for properties added to the floodplain. Flood insurance is still recommended even if your property is removed from the mapped floodplain, as the flood risk is only reduced, not removed. Check with your insurance agent to determine the right amount of flood coverage needed. Note that your lender still retains the right to require flood insurance if they feel it is necessary.

If you live in an area newly affected by a flood risk map change, review your options with your insurance agent as buildings newly mapped into the floodplain may be eligible for a lower premium during the first 12 months after a map change. Your insurance agent can give you more information on how to save.

To see the new floodplain maps or check your property’s status please visit: https://www.lojic.org/lojic-online, select the layers button to the right and check the boxes for floodplain layers.

For flood insurance questions, contact your insurance agent. MSD Floodplain staff can answer your questions about floodplain mapping. You may contact them at 502.540.6000 or floodpermits@louisvillemsd.org. You may also review the information from FEMA by visiting www.fema.gov.

Public Works Crew Cleanup in District 7


During the week of March 15, Metro Public Works crew covered a lot of territory in and around District 7 to keep our streets and roadways clean. The crew of 12 staff members and their equipment, fail under the Bulk Waste Department within the Solid Waste Management Services Division. They are primarily tasked with collecting litter and debris along Metro roadways. The week of March 15th they cleaned the following areas in and around our district. 

River Rd from Mockingbird Valley Rd to Blankenbaker Ln
Brownsboro Rd from Chenoweth Ln to Blankenbaker Ln
N Hubbards Ln from Brownsboro Rd to Westport Rd
Westport Rd from N Hubbards Ln to Stonehurst Dr
Brownsboro Rd from I-264 Ramp to Seminary Dr
US Hwy 42 from Northfield Dr to Lime Kiln Dr

LG&E Rate Increase Hearing

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled hearings on the request for large (11.81% for electricity and 9.37% for gas) LG&E rate increases. The hearings start on Monday, April 26, at 9:00 am, when public comments will be taken.

The hearings will be streamed live and may be viewed on the PSC website, https://psc.ky.gov/.  Public comments may be made at the beginning of the hearing. Those wishing to make oral public comments may do so by following the instructions listed on the PSC website.

Members of the public can also make comments to the PSC for inclusion into the official record. Include the case number (2020-00350) within the subject line of your email to the Public Information Officer at psc.info@ky.gov, and provide your full name and place of residence in the body of the e-mail. 

The PSC’s order and schedule is here.

IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline

The IRS pushed Tax Day back again this year because of the pandemic.  We now have an extra moth to file our 2020 federal tax return.  The new deadline is May 17. 

In addition to giving taxpayers more time to file their 2020 federal income tax returns, the extension gives the tax agency more time to adjust its computer systems and forms to account for tax changes made by the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act - most notably the $10,200 exemption for unemployment compensation received in 2020.

Those who need more time beyond May 17 can still request an extension until Oct. 15 to file tax returns on Form 4868, but the extension does not apply to tax payments, the IRS said. The extension also doesn't apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15, 2021.

The deadline delay applies only to federal income tax returns, the IRS said, and returns still have to be filed on time in 42 states and the District of Columbia.  Please check with the Department of Revenue to find out if the date to file state taxes has been extended. The filing date could be different.

JCPS and Catholic Schools on Spring Break:

March 29 - April 2


While on break, try out some of these fabulous local attractions:

Parks and Recreation - The city has 120 parks where most amenities (basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, etc.) are now open again. Hiking opportunities abound as well. If you choose that option, Parks and Recreation has produced a series of guides to make things a little more interesting. The Olmstead Parks Conservancy is hosting an animal habitat scavenger hunt which is a great way to visit one of the city's 17 Olmstead-designed parks. For a listing of the city’s hiking trails, visit louisvilleky.gov/government/jefferson-memorial-forest. Please be aware that because of recent heavy rains, trails may be muddy. Residents are reminded to please be safe while hiking and bring a change of dry clothes.

Kentucky Science Center - The Kentucky Science Center is offering several spring break camps for various age groups and an opportunity to sign up now even further into April and May. During spring break, the Kentucky Science Center will extend operating hours, staying open until 7 p.m. each day. For more information or to register for upcoming programs and events, visit https://kysciencecenter.org/

The Parklands of Floyds Fork - Students in grades K-6 can explore the wonders of The Parklands through Spring Break Hiking Camp. Each day offers campers a new trail to investigate all the flora and fauna that call the park home. Camps run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Families can select individual days of camp or book the entire week.

The Louisville Zoo - The Zoo is a living classroom and a perfect place to keep young minds active, while parents get in a little exercise. Learn more at https://louisvillezoo.org/member-benefits/


Go Red For Louisville Cards Women's Basketball


Mayor Fischer is proclaiming “Wear Red Day” for each game day appearance of the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament. The Cards, a No. 2 seed, play No. 6 seed Oregon on Sunday.

The Bunny Trail at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer


Free Backpack for Families and Field Guide


The Louisville Free Public Library wants to make this spring break a “screen break,” by encouraging kids and caregivers to get outside, away from their TVs and computer screens.

Starting March 22, families can pick up a free spring break backpack from any LFPL location (while supplies last). Each backpack will include activities families can do together in their backyard, at the park, or wherever their adventures take them.

From March 29 – April 3, the included Field Guide will feature a different topic and set of activities to do that day—from nature exploration to messy art to suggested reading lists. Special nature-inspired Book Bundles are also available by request and can be customized based on a child’s age, interest, and reading level. Simply visit LFPL.org/BookBundles to order in advance.

For more information, visit www.LFPL.org, or call (502) 574-1611.


Wild Lights at the Louisville Zoo


While the Louisville Zoo's Wild Lights Spring Break Camp is full, families should keep in mind that the Zoo is a living classroom and a perfect place to keep young minds active while parents get in a little exercise. Sumer camps will be available, but will also fill up quickly with limited capacity. The best way for families to visit is with a membership, and the Zoo has many different packages, including a dual membership with the Kentucky Science Center.  

Learn more at https://louisvillezoo.org/member-benefits/.

Kentucky Science Center Spring Camp


The Kentucky Science Center is offering several spring break camps for various age groups and an opportunity to sign up now even further into April and May. During spring break, the Kentucky Science Center will extend operating hours, staying open until 7 p.m. each day.

Camp Hours

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Drop-off: 8:00 AM — 9:00 AM
Pick-up: 4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

For more information or to register for upcoming programs and events, click here.

Enrichment Activities for Grades K-12


BLOCS Network providers offer academic and enrichment supports to children K – 12 grades. Many are providing Non-Traditional Instruction supports along with a diverse array of enrichment activities from arts and music to sports and recreation.

To connect with a BLOCS program, go to the BLOCS Louisville website to find out what they are offering for spring break and beyond: For more information click here.

Spring Break Hikes and Scavenger Hunts


Olmstead Parks 

The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is hosting an animal habitat scavenger hunt.

The non-profit is encouraging kids to do this project either in their backyard or one of the city’s 17 Olmsted-designed parks. For more information click here.

Parklands of Floyds Fork 

Students in grades K – 6 can explore the wonders of The Parklands through Spring Break Hiking Camp. Each day of Hiking Camp offers participants an opportunity to explore a new trail in Beckley Creek Park while investigating the flora and fauna that call the park home. Spring Break Hiking Camps run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from March 29 – April 2. Families can select individual days of camp or book the full week at a discounted rate.

Register at http://www.theparklands.org/camps

Do You Love Ragtime and Jazz?


Saturday April 10: 7:30 PM 

Bob and Byron are long-time collaborators and will delight you with Ragtime, Blues, and sizzling Jazz standards. Byron Stripling carries his mantle of being a powerhouse trumpet player, accomplished actor, singer, and music director with exceptional charm. He’s joined in this performance by his fellow musicians from the acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Concert Sponsor: Association of the Louisville Orchestra. RSVP here.

Champions for Children Fundraiser


Tuesday April 13, 9AM 

RSVP for the Virtual Fundraiser!

Grab a nice cup of coffee or tea and spend your morning with Family & Children’s Place, leaders in the fight to ensure every child has a happy childhood!

We will be sending out a pre-event packet one week before the event. Please fill out all required information so we can make sure you get your packet.

RSVP is required to attend. .RSVP here.

Sustainability Council Energy Forum


Community Events


Thursday, April 1: April Fools Day!! Check out some April Fools Day Pranks that are safe during COVID 19. Need some suggestions click here.

Thursday, April 1 - Friday, April 30: Volunteer as part of the Mayor's Give A Day of Service, which will be a full month of giving this year. Individuals or groups wanting to find a project should visit mygiveaday.com, where projects and needs submitted by local non-profit agencies and other groups are listed.

Tuesday, April 6: Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) will host eBay for beginners at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required through Erik.Ainsworth@lfpl.org.

Saturday, April 10 - Sunday, April 11: Louisville Visual Art (LVA) will host rescheduled Open Studio Weekend. Open Studio Weekend is a landmark event when artists across the Louisville Metro area open their work spaces to the public. More information is available online at www.openstudioweekend.org.

Tuesday, April 13:  What makes a good leader, and what do women bring to the table in those “leadHERship roles? From politics to business, women are shattering glass ceilings and making strides. But what comes next, and where? Our panelists talk about their own experiences — in some cases, having broken barriers — and offer insight on how to recognize your gift. For more information and to register click here. 

Saturday, April 24: One Love Louisville Virtual Violence Training will be held from 9:30 AM to 12:30PM. Hear from experts as they cover a range of topics including Mental Health 101, Suicide Prevention, Community Organizing, Conflict Resolution, and The Public Health Approach to Violence. RSVP for free at the link provided and spread the word to ensure citizens across our city are engaged in violence prevention efforts!

LMPD Crime Reports- District 7



Metro Louisville now has an interactive map that will allow you to see what is happening in your neighborhood as well as others across the city. The map updates daily and if you choose you can receive alerts for your area by subscribing using the red receive alerts button on the page.  Click here to try it out:.Interactive Map to Track Crime Available.

What is the Easter egg supposed to symbolize?
Pretzels have their own Easter connection, but do you know what they're supposed to represent?
Approximately how many chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year?
Where was the original site of Washington, D.C.'s traditional Easter Monday Egg Roll?


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Updates from the Governor


To view the Governors most recent updates on click here: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=641



The first Louisville Taco Week will happen April 12-18. Participating restaurants will offer specialty $2 tacos , with a minimum of three tacos.  Most restaurants will offer takeout options.

Restaurants such as Taco City Louisville, I Love Tacos, Agave & Rye, and Merle's Whiskey Kitchen will participate, with more restaurants being added at a later date. For more information click here to read the full article.click here to read the full article.

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In August 2016 Louisville Metro Emergency Services teamed up with Bullitt County, Oldham County, and Washington County to create a regional emergency notification system – Louisville Emergency Notification System (LENSAlert).  Its enhanced capabilities include using all communications modes to send alerts – mobile phones, landlines, email, text, social media, IPAWS-OPEN.  Take another step in being prepared for disasters and sign up for LENSAlert today.

SMART 911.com


In addition to receiving notifications, individuals can create a Safety Profile for themselves and their household that can include any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. When individuals make an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right responders to the right location with the right information. Information about medical history, allergies to medication, number of residents in a home and even a picture of the family dog can all be added to a Safety Profile.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Smart911

Dial 2-1-1 for Assistance with Food




Are you looking for a public place to exchange items you've sold online? Do you share custody of a child and are looking for somewhere to exchange custody?

The Louisville Metro Police Department is providing MetroSWAP Zones outside of some Division offices.

There is 24 hour video surveillance. LMPD recommends:

  • Agree to meet the person ONLY at a MetroSWAP station.
  • Meet only during daylight hours.
  • Tell someone you trust where you are meeting and at what time.
  • Meet in the parking lot at two designate areas of each location.
  • Make the interaction brief and to the point.

MetroSWAP Zones are at:

Sign Up to Receive Crime Alerts


Visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroPolice/Patrol+Divisions/ to sign up to receive the LMPD’s new crime alert update for your neighborhood. Simply select your LMPD division number and click "Subscribe to Crime Alerts by Beat" to begin receiving the update.

  • Division 5, please call dispatch at 502-574-7111
  • Division 8, please call dispatch at 502-574-2111

Fifth Division - This division covers the area including the Highlands, Clifton and Cherokee and Seneca Parks.

Eighth Division - This division covers the area including Middletown, Lyndon, Oxmoor and the Ford Truck Plant.

Interactive Crime Mapping

You can now map crime in Louisville using the interactive mapping tool

Lock Your Car!


Tune in to View Metro Council Meetings

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NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and  U-verse Channel 99.

The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk. (Click here and click on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.)  

OR access prior or current meetings here:



Agendas for these meetings can be viewed using the following link:


State Government Website Information


Click Here for State Government Website

Click Here to:  View All Agencies

Kentucky General Assembly

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Click Here to Visit Website for Laws, State Legislators, Watch Bills, etc

Click here for more info.

What is the Easter egg supposed to symbolize?

The Easter egg is supposed to symbolize rebirth.

Pretzels have their own Easter connection, but do you know what they're supposed to represent?

The pretzel is actually supposed to represent arms crossed in prayer.

Approximately how many chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year?

There are approximately 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies produced each year.

Where was the original site of Washington, D.C.'s traditional Easter Monday Egg Roll?

The egg roll was originally held on the grounds of the United States Capitol.