Stay cool in a pool

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Locals have their choice of pools, spraygrounds and a quarry to cool down this summer

By Tracy Harris

Get out the sunscreen, beach towels and floats — the pools are open, and Oldham County has quite a few options for both sunbathers and swimmers.

The county’s public pool, the John W. Black Aquatics Center, opened a week early because of warmer weather and an early end-of-school date. 

Located in Buckner, the aquatic center is open seven days a week and offers swimming lessons, water aerobics and a swim team.

A tall tube-style water slide and a snack bar make the aquatic center a great family hangout. The center’s location inside Wendell Moore Park also provides access to grills, picnic tables, playground equipment and shelters.

There’s also Falling Rock Park — better known as “the quarry” — in La Grange. The quarry has become a hot spot, drawing in more than 1,200 people some days. 

Owner Joe Clark opened the quarry to the public three years ago. It’s an adults-only spot — visitors must show photo identification upon entering.

The quarry is more than 40 feet deep in spots — a flotation device is also required upon entry and there are no lifeguards.

Adventure seekers can jump from cliffs into the water and certified scuba divers can check out sunken objects, like a bus and boats.

The quarry was used for dive training before being opened to the public.

Clark said the quarry’s growing popularity is necessitating more restrictions than in previous years. No alcohol is permitted and camping overnight is limited to Saturday evenings.

At least five country clubs are also in or near Oldham County, with upscale facilities including swimming, tennis and golf. Each club has an initiation fee and monthly dues, although some offer scaled-down memberships just for pool and tennis access.

For parents of small children, the Creekside Sprayground in Beckley Creek Park offers a variety of fountains and water sprayers. It is located about 2.5 miles from the Middletown exit on I-265 — it is farther away, but a family-friendly, free option for children who can’t swim.

Local swimming, water activities

John W. Black Aquatics Center
1551 N. Ky. 393, Buckner.
Monday-Saturday 12-7 p.m.
Sunday 1-6 p.m. Adults $5, children under 12 $4, seniors $3. Season passes available. (502) 225-0656.

Falling Rock Park
2201 Fendley Mill Rd, La Grange. Monday-Friday 1-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Must be 18 to enter and show photo ID. Swimming $10, scuba diving $15, cash only. Float or pool noodle required. (502) 939-5049 or facebook.com/pages/Falling-Rock-Park

Oldham County Country Club
1870 Country Club Lane,  La Grange. Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 12-7 p.m. Closed Monday. Members only. (502) 222-9133.

Lake Forest Country Club
14000 Landmark Drive, Louisville. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. Members only.(502) 253-9352.

Hunting Creek Country Club
6807 Foxcroft Road, Prospect. Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. (502) 228-1106.

Glen Oaks
10601 Worthington Lane, Prospect. Members only, offers a pool and tennis option. (502) 339-9183.