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Programs, Activities and Events Guide

We strive to provide high-quality, diverse recreation programs, activities, and events designed to enhance and enrich the quality of life in our community for people of all ages and abilities. You are welcome here!

Events for 2018
This page will be updated as more events are added! You can also visit the calendar.
April, May, June, July, August, October, November

Date/Time Event

FEBRUARY
5
Monday

7:30 A.M.

Parks Office


Shelterhouse Reservations

Reservations will begin for the upcoming season Monday, February 5 at 7:30 a.m. for walk-in guests only.

Reservations can be made at the Kenton County Public Works and Parks & Recreation Administration office, located at 420 Independence Station Rd. (in Lincoln Ridge Park), Independence, KY 41051.

Shelterhouses are available for reservation from April 14, 2018 through October 21, 2018. Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, there will be the option to check availability and make a reservation online here.

For more information about each specific shelterhouse, click here

Learn more.

CANCELLED
FEBRUARY

17

Saturday

10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Sugar Camp Preparation Work Day **Volunteers Needed**

It’s going to take a whole lot of firewood to keep the cast iron kettles boiling when Kenton County Parks & Recreation’s Sugar Camp gets going in a few weeks! A prep work day has been scheduled for Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to set up camp and gather, haul, split and stack firewood for Sugar Camp. 

This is a great opportunity for students who need community service hours. All those attending should dress for the weather, wear clothes that can get dirty, bring work gloves, and bring a wheelbarrow if possible.

Middleton-Mills Park: 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.  

Learn More

FEBRUARY
28-MARCH 3
Wednesday-Saturday

Various Time Slots

Middleton-Mills Park
Shelterhouse 2


Sugar Camp: Making Maple Syrup

Step into the forest and back in time to experience life in a mid-1800’s sugar camp. Visit a working sugar camp, demonstrating the art and science of making maple syrup the old fashioned way. First visit an American frontier settler camp and see how one would work with many of the tools and accoutrements used 150-200 years ago in frontier America and the dress representative of the era.

A second camp set up nearby, provides participants an opportunity to see how Native Americans would have lived and worked at the time. See how sap water was processed into hard sugar using hand-hewn wooden bowls and birch bark molds. Visitors will be encouraged to participate in many of the day-to-day tasks of Sugar Camp! Learn about and make a “spile”; help tap Sugar Maple trees and gather sap; taste unrefined sweet sap water and sample home-made maple syrup. 

Call today at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) to make reservations for class-size groups, individuals, and families.
Weekday time slots are:

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

No reservations are necessary for Saturday, March 3. Saturday ONLY: Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with additional activities available.

Dates may change due to the weather; however, historically, this is the best week for Maple sugaring in Kentucky. 

**Please note: This event has been updated to reflect the new dates**

Learn More


MARCH

5
Monday

7:00 P.M.

Public Works Administration Building 


Softball Manager's Meeting

This note is to inform all Men's Church & Co-Ed (C or below) teams of a managers meeting scheduled for Monday, March 5 at 7:00 pm in the Kenton County Public Works Administration office building, 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (in Lincoln Ridge Park).

Kenton County Parks & Recreation offers recreational softball in three leagues for adults:

Monday Men’s Church A
Monday Men’s Church B
Friday Co-Ed

This meeting is mandatory if you have questions or concerns about the upcoming season. If you do not attend then you accept any changes.

Ideally, we will have leagues with 11 teams each with as many as 20 players on a roster during regular season.

Learn more here.

MARCH
24
Saturday

9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.


Reforest Northern Kentucky


Reforest NKY is organized by the NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council to restore native Kentucky woodlands. The reforestation project is responsible for planting thousands of tree seedlings on previously mowed properties in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties. This event is an opportunity for public education and awareness about the importance of trees in our region.

For more information on the Reforest NKY event and to register please visit the NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council’s website.

Register here!


APRIL 
7
Saturday

Doe Run Lake


Great American Clean-up/Doe Run Lake & Nature Trail Clean-Up

More information to come!

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017
 

APRIL 
9 & 10
Monday & Tuesday

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lincoln Ridge Park


Lincoln Ridge Park Mini Camp: Soils, Mud, and Plants! 


Co-sponsored by the Kenton County Public Library 

Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence (Shelter House 3) to explore soils, mud, and plants! Monday and Tuesday will have different activities, so come for one day or both! We'll explore soil types, mud painting, and plant life cycles. Experiment with soil erosion, plant young plants to take home, and more! Come dressed for mess! Registration is requested but not required.

Jennifer Beach, (859) 962 – 4143, jennifer.beach@kentonlibrary.org 

Rhonda Ritzi, (859) 525 – PLAY (7529), rhonda.ritzi@kentoncounty.org 

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


APRIL 

14
Saturday

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Public Works Administration Building 


NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors Training 

This fun, informative meeting is for those interested in our feathered friends! This is for those that volunteer and those that are interested in volunteering to help monitor the Northern Kentucky Bluebird Trail nestboxes during the breeding season. In Kentucky, that’s from late-March and into August.

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Kenton County Public Works
420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

Please RSVP to Rhonda Ritzi at (859) 525-PLAY (7529) or rhonda.ritzi@kentoncounty.org. A light lunch will be served.


MAY
14

Ft. Thomas Tower Park


NKY Senior Games: Spring Edition

More information to come!

900 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075


MAY
15
Tuesday

Lincoln Ridge Park 


Third Tuesday Nature Series

More information to come!

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


MAY
16
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


MAY

19
Saturday


Doe Run Lake & Flagship Park


National Take a Hike Day at Doe Run Lake & Flagship Park

More information to come!

Doe Run Lake: 1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017 
Flagship Park: Deerchase Dr, Erlanger, KY 41018


MAY
19
Saturday

Lincoln Ridge Park


Star Gaze 1


More information to come!

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  


MAY

22
Saturday

Doe Run Lake

Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

More information to come!

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

MAY
23
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!


More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 
 

MAY

24
Thursday

Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science


More information to come!

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017
  

May
29
Tuesday

Doe Run Lake

Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

More information to come!

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017

MAY
30
Wednesday


Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!


More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


JUNE
2
Saturday

Middleton-Mills Park


Kids Fishing Derby

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


June 
5
Tuesday

Doe Run Lake


Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

More information to come!

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017


JUNE
6
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!


More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 
 

JUNE

7
Thursday

Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science


More information to come!

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017


June 
12
Tuesday

Doe Run Lake


Two-in-A-Canoe, One Big Bass

More information to come!

1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017


JUNE

13
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!


More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


JUNE

14
Thursday

Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science


More information to come!

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017


JUNE

19
Tuesday

Lincoln Ridge Park


Third Tuesday Nature Series


More information to come!

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 
 

JUNE
20
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!


More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


JUNE

27
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!


More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


JUNE

28
Thursday

Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science


More information to come!

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017


JULY

11
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  


JULY

12
Thursday

Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science


More information to come!

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

JULY

16-21
Mon-Sat.

Kenton County Fairgrounds


Kenton County Fair

More information to come!

2836 Harris Pike, Independence, KY 41051


JULY

17
Tuesday

Lincoln Ridge Park


Third Tuesday Nature Series


More information to come!

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051


JULY

18
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015  

JULY

25
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 
 

JULY

26
Thursday

Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science


More information to come!

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017


AUGUST
1
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 
 

AUGUST
8
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 
 

AUGUST
9
Thursday

Pioneer Park


(Almost) Every Other Thursday Science


More information to come!

3951 Madison Pike, Covington, KY 41017

AUGUST
15
Wednesday

Middleton-Mills Park


Wild Wednesdays!

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 
 

AUGUST
18
Saturday

Lincoln Ridge Park


Star Gaze 1

More information to come!

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

AUGUST
21
Tuesday

Lincoln Ridge Park


Third Tuesday Nature Series

More information to come!

420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051  

OCTOBER
19
Friday

Middleton-Mills Park


Halloween Happenings (Haunted Trail)

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 


OCTOBER
20
Saturday

Middleton-Mills Park


Halloween Happenings (Kid's Fun Day & Character Trail)

More information to come!

3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015 


NOVEMBER 5 
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DECEMBER 10


Letters to Santa, Letters from Santa

More information to come! 

   

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Scott Gunning • Director 

scott.gunning@kentoncounty.org

 Rhonda Ritzi • Recreation Coordinator
Rhonda.Ritzi@KentonCounty.org

420 Independence Station Road, Independence, Kentucky 41051
Phone: 859.525.PLAY (7529)  •  Fax: 859.392.1923 

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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