The Parklands Announces Come Outside and Play Series Presented by Norton Healthcare

Norton Healthcare to Partner with The Parklands in 2014

—Norton will sponsor Spring Fling, Come Outside and Play Series, and

Outdoor Classroom Health and Wellness Initiatives—

(April 7, 2014) Louisville, Ky. —21st Century Parks, operator of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Louisville’s newest public park system, is excited to announce a new health and wellness partnership with Norton Healthcare.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Norton as our exclusive healthcare partner in 2014,” said Dan Jones, 21st Century Parks Chairman and CEO, “Norton brings knowledge, expertise and resources to the table to help us achieve our mutual goal to positively impact health and wellness in the Louisville area.”

The partnership is three-tiered and expands upon an established relationship involving Bike to Beat Cancer. The new sponsorship begins with The Parklands “Get Outside and Play Series”, offering monthly hike, bike, and paddling events that not only incorporate guided interpretation of the landscape and natural history, but now include fitness and wellness initiatives and information. These family-focused events include activities for all ages. Most events are offered free of cost, with specialized interpretive events requiring a $5.00 fee for participants who are not Parklands Members. To learn more about Parklands Membership, a program designed to support the annual operations of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, visit

Norton will also sponsor The Parklands Spring Fling on May 10th, a family-friendly event that showcases all there is to see and do in Beckley Creek Park. Thanks to Norton’s partnership, the event will now include a Wellness Fair and children’s activities including a 1k Fun Run. More information regarding this event will be shared in the coming weeks.

Additionally, Norton is helping to increase health education for local youth through The Parklands’ Outdoor Classroom. Healthy activities as well as fitness and nutrition information will become a part of the curriculum for the over 5,000 students kindergarten to 12th grade who attend field trips and other educational programs at The Parklands.

 “Norton Healthcare is excited to partner with The Parklands to develop this expanded service and resource for the community,” said Lynnie Meyer, Chief Development Officer, Norton Healthcare. “We have really stepped up our efforts to help our 12,000 employees make healthy choices and place an emphasis on fitness and preventive care. We are perfectly aligned with the upcoming events and the long term benefits the park offers.”

The partnership officially kicks off with an April 12th Family Fit Program involving paddling and fishing on Floyds Fork in Beckley Creek Park. This event is free and open to the public but registration is necessary. To register and for a full listing of the “Come Outside and Play Series” Presented by Norton Healthcare, visit

Click here to register for upcoming events within the series.

Click here for a flyer showing all 20 events planned April to Dec., 2014. 

About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system under development within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville.  One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is a dream realized by 21st Century Parks, a nonprofit organization established to create and preserve new unexcelled parks that serve as city-shaping infrastructure.  The Parklands project is now 35% open, currently operating and programming the first two of four parks in Eastern Jefferson County. The entire system is on schedule to be completed in 2015. 21st Century Parks is responsible for fundraising, land acquisition, construction, and long-term operations of the new park system. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at

About Norton Healthcare

For 128 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is a leader in serving adult and pediatric patients throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana, the commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. The hospital and health care system is the Louisville area’s third largest private employer, providing care at more than 140 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with 1,837 licensed beds; seven outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; nearly 12,000 employees; some 654 employed medical providers; and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. In 2013 Norton Healthcare was named by Healthiest Employers as the seventh healthiest place to work in the country. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at


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