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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 2017
This page will be updated as more events are added! You can also visit the calendar.

Date/Time Event
January 19, 2017 

9:00 A.M.

NKY Senior Games: Winter Edition

1-Day at Ft. Thomas Armory. This event is for anyone at least 50 years old and who still loves to play. There will be camaraderie, competition and fun!

Print out the form here to register. 

The address is: 950 Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

Early Bird Registration is before January 6, 2017.

February 6, 2017

7:30 A.M.

Shelterhouse Reservations

Reservations will begin for the upcoming season Monday, February 6 at 7:30 A.M. for walk-in guests only.

Please note: reservations will be made at the Kenton County Public Works Administration office, located at 420 Independence Station Rd. (in Lincoln Ridge Park), Independence, KY 41051. Call 859-392-1920 for questions.

February 11, 2017

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

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 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. to set up camp and gather, haul, split and stack firewood for Sugar Camp.

Anyone wishing to help should come to Middleton-Mills Park and meet near Shelterhouse 2. 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. Registration is not required. There will be hot chocolate in a kettle on the wood fire!

The address is 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

Learn more here

February 20-25, 2017

Time Slots

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.

Call today at 859-525-7529 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, February 25. Dates may change due to the weather; however, historically, this is the best week for Maple sugaring in Kentucky. 

The address is 3415 Mills Rd., Covington, KY 41015.

Learn more here.  

March 4, 2017

9 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Lincoln Ridge Park Clean Up/Service Day Part of the Great American Clean Up

KCP&R and Scott High School National Honor Society will facilitate the Lincoln Ridge Clean Up/Service Day, as part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup 2017, presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

This event provides citizens an opportunity to ‘Make A Difference’ by picking up trash, trail maintenance, stair step building along trails and mulching at Lincoln Ridge Park. The Lincoln Ridge Park Clean Up/Service Day will begin at 9 am and conclude at 12 pm. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear boots or old shoes and old clothes. It will be messy!

Need community service hours? We will be happy to sign your paperwork. The fun begins at 9 am! Come on out to Lincoln Ridge Park on Saturday, March 4 and help your friends and neighbors make a difference!

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051.

Learn more here.  

March 6, 2017

7:00 P.M.

Kenton County Parks & Recreation Softball 2017 Season

This note is to inform all Men's Church & Co-Ed (C or below) teams of a managers meeting scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 7:00 pm in the Kenton County Public Works Administration office building, 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051 (in Lincoln Ridge Park).

Learn more here.


March 11, 2017

11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. 

NKY Bluebird Trail Monitors Meeting

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will be hosting a NestWatch training for our NKY Bluebird Trial Monitors. It will be held on March 11, 2017 at the Parks Office. Make a difference! Become a citizen scientist! Learn to safely and properly monitor bird nests and contribute towards the conservation and study of birds! We will cover the NestWatch program in detail, and certify participants. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology recognizes this training for 3 years for current NestWatch certified monitors. We will be learning about the new NestWatch app! So, come along and grab some coffee and baked goodies and be part of the fun! 

The address is 3902 Richardson Rd., Independence, KY 41051.

To RSVP, please call 859-525-PLAY (7529) or email rhonda.ritzi@kentoncounty.org

March 25, 2017
9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Reforest Northern Kentucky

The annual volunteer Reforest Northern Kentucky event will take place March 25th from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Boone County at the former Piner Property which is now owned by Big Bone Lick State Park. The Reforest NKY event site is situated north of Big Bone Lick State Park, 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Kentucky. Parking will be located within Big Bone Lick State Park and volunteers will be shuttled to the planting area. 

Registration will be open in February! For more information on the Reforest NKY event and to register please visit the NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council’s website at: http://www.nkyurbanforestry.org.

Learn more | Flyer

Register Here

April 11 and/or 12

9:30 A.M. -12:00 P.M.
Tree-Mendous Mini Camp

Can you eat a tree cookie? Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence on Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th for a nature mini-camp to explore trees! Each of the two days will involve hands-on activities, games, information, and education related to trees and leaves. Activities may include, among others: tree and leaf identification, "becoming" the parts of a tree and "building" a tree from the inside out, learning how scientists use trees to find out the ages of other things, estimating the heights of trees, and much, much more! Create a nature journal, try to identify trees in the park, and record your observations! Attend either day or both. Activities, except tree identification, will be different each day.

Co-sponsored by Kenton County Parks and Recreation. Registration is requested but not required.

To register for Tree-Mendous Mini Camp, click here.

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051.


April 22, 2017

7:00 P.M.-8:30 P.M.

Watch the Sky Party

Join us at Lincoln Ridge Park (Independence) for a family "Watch the Sky!" Party to celebrate the Lyrid Meteor Shower! Begin with stories and information about meteors and meteorites, followed by hands-on activities. Touch a real meteorite! Bring Your Own Blanket or chairs; enjoy some popcorn, watch for meteors, and create a Sky Journal for continuing your meteor watch at home. Co-sponsored by Kenton County Parks and Recreation.

Lincoln Ridge Park is located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051.


April 25, 2017

6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Trucks! Up-close and personal! KCP&R and BSA Cub Scout Pack 808 will be presenting Touch-A-Truck at Middleton-Mills Park (by the football complex).

It's an opportunity for children to see, touch, sit in and climb on the vehicles they may have in toy form! LOTS of fun and a great photo opportunity for parents and grandparents who will be there "accompanying children". Grownups with or without children in tow (heh, heh!) are invited, too.

It's also Independence Pack 808's Spring Recruitment Activity and leaders will share information about becoming a Cub Scout. AND, they'll be serving hotdogs! AND Kona Ice will be available for purchase!

Come on out to Touch-A-Truck! If you have a truck you'd like to bring or for more information, call Rhonda at (859) 525-PLAY (7529).


April 29, 2017
9:00 A.M.

Doe Run Lake & Nature Trail Cleanup

Kenton County Parks & Recreation will facilitate the annual Doe Run Lake & Nature Trail Cleanup, as part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup 2017, presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. 

The cleanup will begin at 9:00 a.m. on April 29, 2017. This event provides citizens an opportunity to “Make a Difference” by picking up trash and litter and caring for one of our great parks in Kenton County. Help your friends and neighbors make a difference. After the cleanup, a Celebration with lunch and entertainment will be available.

Doe Run Lake is located at 1501 Bullock Pen Rd., Covington, KY 41017. Volunteers should meet in the parking area near the boat launch. 

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Scott Gunning • Director 


 Rhonda Ritzi • Recreation Coordinator

3902 Richardson Road  Independence, KY 41051 
Phone: 859.525.PLAY (7529)  •  Fax: 859.525.7265 

Last updated: June 14, 2016

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