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Private Events

Gather for a private event at the versatile Gheens Foundation Lodge, a beautifully designed event facility overlooking Floyds Fork that can accommodate groups from 25–over 300 people. Host a community meeting in the PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation or the John Floyd Community Building. Reserve the outdoor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Pavilion for family reunions, picnics, and parties up to 150 people. Hold a spectacular outdoor event on the Egg Lawn or Festival Promenade. Whatever event you have in mind, we can make it happen. And you can feel good about choosing The Parklands for your next event, as funds generated from facility rentals go right back into maintaining this donor-supported public park.

Rentable Event Space & Capacities

Gheens Foundation Lodge - Indoor/Outdoor space with capacity for 25 to over 300 guests

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Pavilion - Covered outdoor space with capacity for 100-150 guests

PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation Classrooms - Indoor space with capacity for 30-40 guests per classroom

John Floyd Community Building - Indoor space with capacity for 50 guests

Egg Lawn and Festival Promenade outdoor venues also available - capacity varies

Sports Fields - capacity varies, event hosting form required

Contact Sam Stewart, Facilities and Events Sales Manager at 502-584-0350 or email him at to check availability and begin planning your event in The Parklands today! Or, fill out our event hosting form now.

Birthday Parties

Looking for a place to host a children’s birthday party? Ask about rental of one of our state-of-the-art classrooms in the PNC Achievement Center, where you’re only steps away from getting wet in our Playground and Sprayground, a family favorite. And, if you’re up for an adventure, we make your child’s party truly unique by including a hike or creek play experience with one of our Interpretive Rangers!

Parties at The Parklands Include:

  • Exclusive use of one of our classrooms in the PNC Achievement Center for Education & Interpretation
  • Convenient location next to our Marshall Playground and Sprayground; voted by Leo Weekly readers as the Best Playground in Louisville in 2012!
  • Set up time 30 minutes prior to your party
  • Party host for your event
  • Optional guided hike, creek exploration, fishing party, wildflower & butterfly adventure, nature detectives session, or inside activity with one of our staff Interpretive Rangers
To host an adventurous birthday party in The Parklands, contact us at 502-584-0350 or email

Commercial Activity

Any organization using the park that charges a fee for participation in their activity by the participants must get an annually approved commercial use permit. This permit allows The Parklands to partner with groups in a controlled manner ensuring that commercial activity organizations assist in the support of the resources that they use within the park for business purposes. This policy does not distinguish between for-profit and non-profit commercial use.

Large Group Use

Large groups (any group or activity over 50 participants) wishing to use The Parklands for activities in unreserved areas must submit a group use permit application. This permit allows The Parklands to prepare for, and balance, the needs of large groups with those of drop-in individual, small group, and family visitors. This also will allow The Parklands to ensure that the carrying capacity of particular park amenities is not overwhelmed due to popularity. This permit does not apply for reservable amenities such as the PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Pavilion, Gheens Foundation Lodge, or other amenity in the current reservation system. Larger groups,
or requests for busy days may require the activity to be slotted into the existing special events policy and process.

Click here to fill out our event hosting form

Permit applications will be reviewed individually and approved/denied based on the criteria on the individual application. Permit applications should be submitted no less than one week prior to the desired event date. Permits may not guarantee space availability. Groups failing to secure a permit may be asked to leave the park. Parklands staff stand ready to help groups through this new process, and believe it will make for a better park experience for event hosts, participants, and others enjoying our parks.

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PNC Achievement Center For Education & Interpretation

The PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation, located at 1411 Beckley Creek Parkway, serves as both the Welcome Center and the home of The Parklands Outdoor Classroom. The classrooms are also available for rent when not in use by Parklands

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Gheens Foundation Lodge

The Gheens Foundation Lodge, located at 1421 Beckley Creek Parkway, is an indoor/outdoor event space designed to accommodate a variety of event sizes and functions — perfect for weddings, reunions and board meetings.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Pavilion

Enjoy the outdoors under the security of this picnic pavilion located in Creekside Center at Beckley Creek Park. The Pavilion is available for rent to host events such as birthday parties, graduation parties, family reunions and more!

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Humana Grand Allee

Cross the Thornton Bridge and enter the Humana Grand Allee, pronounced al·lée, designed to be the “Best Walk in Louisville.”

Picnic Access - Beckley Creek Park

Feast in the open air! You can find quiet places to picnic at the Lake Overlook,Oak Picnic Grove or Flats Picnic Grove. Or rent the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Pavilion for a large picnic gathering.

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John Floyd Community Building

Built through the efforts of Councilmen Stuart Benson and the Jeffersontown Youth Soccer Association, The John Floyd Community Building, in Pope Lick Park near Taylorsville Road, is a great rental space for medium-sized gatherings.

Picnic Access - Pope Lick Park

Looking for a place to enjoy a meal outdoors? There is a picnic area at the park entrance, near the Pope Lick Trailhead and parking lot off Taylorsville Rd. Or you will find a small gazebo near the playground.

Brown-Forman Silo Center

A former seven-generation dairy farm will be retrofitted as a community gathering and event space thanks to a contribution by Brown-Forman. Opening 2015.

Picnic Access - Turkey Run Park

(coming 2015)

Cliffside Center

Cliffside Center will be a community park similar in design to Creekside Center in Beckley Creek Park. Opening 2015.

Picnic Access - Broad Run Park

(coming 2015)

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