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Parks & Recreation
116 N 5th Street - Xavier Dr
Bardstown, KY 40004
Next to City Annex Building

The Parks and Recreation department is responsible for the success of recreational programs in Bardstown. It coordinates activities of volunteer recreational services for all sports programs. It also forms long-range plans for new parks and recreation opportunities. The department has five full-time employees and about fourteen seasonal part-time employees.

Donna Paschal - Director of Parks & Rec Donna Paschal
502-348-9281 Ext. 2234
Daniel Jeffries, Assistant Director of Parks & Rec Daniel Jeffries
Assistant Director
502-348-9281 Ext. 2233


Maintenance Staff:

George Pis, Superintendent Parks & Rec George Pis
502-348-9281 Ext. 2235
Billy Curtsinger Billy Curtsinger
502-348-9281 Ext. 2235
Charlie Hardin Charlie Hardin
502-348-9281 Ext. 2235

Bardstown / Nelson County Recreation
Advisory Board Members:

  • Todd Cissell
  • John Cecil
  • Stevie Woodson
  • Tommy Reed
  • Tim Hockensmith


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Classes are $5 per class OR $30 for all classes per month.

Yoga roomYOGA CLASSES: Donna Paschal is a certified yoga instructor. Yoga classes will follow the standard format of a group fitness class: warm-up, work, and cool down. Donna will teach an active, flowing style of yoga that, with modifications and principles of alignment, allows participants to stay safe and feel challenged yet successful. Yoga is for every body. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.

06/08/2011 Through 08/24/2011
Mornings: Wednesday: 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. / Mixed Levels
Evenings: Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. / Mixed Levels

09/6/2011 Through 05/31/2012
Mornings:Tuesday& Thursday: 9:30-11:00 a.m. / Mixed Levels
Evenings:Wednesday: 5:30-7:00 p.m. / Mixed Levels Please call for beginners, which may be added if there is enough interest.

TRIM, SHAPE, & TONE: Instructor George Pis mixes cardio and strength training to give a complete workout. Weights, bands, & balls are used diversely to energize the muscles of the body. George will guide the class through stretching, light cardio, and weight lifting.

Evenings: Monday & Thursday: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Mornings: Saturday 8:45 - 9:45a.m.

City Pool Activities
City PoolThe Bardstown/Nelson County Parks & Recreation Department maintains one municipal Olympic size pool facility. Includes diving pool, wading pool, and bathhouse/restrooms. The pool opens the beginning of June and remains open daily through Mid-August. Summer activities include swim lessons, swim team, Family Swim, pool rental, and waterobics classes. Registrations for the summer programs begin in May. Season Passes are available through the Recreation Department office and all registrations are at the office.

Season Passes Available at recreation office
$50 Individual / $125 Family

Bardstown Community Park
The park is located at the end of East Halstead Avenue. This park has a pavilion (can be reserved by calling recreation office 348-9281), sand volleyball court, basketball goal, horseshoe pits, playground equipment, picnic tables, grills and walking/biking trails on adjacent wooded area on approximately 20 acres of land. It is available for public use daily from dawn till dusk. In conjunction with the Stephen Foster Music Club, the Bardstown Recreation Department will be offering free concerts in the park on Friday evenings in the summer beginning Memorial Weekend through Labor Day weekend. [photos]

Jones Avenue Park & Don Harned Little League Field
This 5 acre facility is located at the corner of West Broadway and Jones Avenue near the city pool. This park consists of two lighted tennis courts and a sand volleyball court that are available until 11:00 p.m. Enjoy lunch while watching your children play on the modern playground equipment. A picnic area and lighted pavilion with tables (can be reserved by calling recreation office 348-9281), benches & grills are available for public use. The Don Harned field includes one large lighted baseball/softball field with storage/scorer's building, concession stand/restrooms, and a gravel walking track. Click here for park pictures. [photos]

Woodson/Rogers Park
Located on South 4th Street it is approximately .25 acre. It consists of a full basketball court and up-to-date playground equipment geared for children under 12 years of age. It is open from dawn till dusk. [photos]

Sportsman Club Park
It is approximately 7.35 acres and is located 1/2 mile south of Bardstown on KY49. Enjoy a game of ball on the baseball/softball field. [photos]

Dean Watts Park
This 35 acre complex is located off of Spencer Mattingly Lane about three miles East of KY245 By-pass. This sports complex includes 14 youth soccer fields, 4 youth football fields, 6 Baseball/Softball Fields, a paved walking path, playground equipment, 3 concession stands pavilions with restrooms and picnic tables. [photos]

Gym Rental
The Recreation Department gym is available for rental based on availability. The cost is $30.00 per hour. [photos]

GymOpen Gym
The Recreation Department gym is open to the public Monday - Friday from:
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. -   5:00 p.m. FREE OF CHARGE. Walkers are welcome.


Bardstown Recreation Department
Contact the Bardstown Recreation Dept.
at 502-348-9281
or e-mail or