Treetop Adventure

Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson will open on Memorial Day 2021 and is seeking summer and fall employees! Their first session of walk-in interviews will be this Thursday, May 13, 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. at the Club House at Levi Jackson. Applicants must be 18 years of age.

Tourism, foundation partner to build a sensory playground

Individuals of all abilities soon will have an outdoor inclusive sensory playground to help them develop vital skills, thanks to a partnership announced Monday night between City of London Tourism and the Scott Rose Foundation. The city applied for a state matching grant more than a year ago to build the playground behind Shelter House Number Two at the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park.

The estimated cost of the project is about $201,000.

“We haven’t received notification of getting that grant, and we’re pretty comfortable it may not be received,” said Chris Robinson, executive director of the tourism commission. “Thankfully, the Scott Rose Foundation has stepped in to pay 50 percent of that.”

The foundation was started in 1984 by London banker and entrepreneur James L. Rose in honor of his son Scott, who was killed in a car wreck in 1983.

“We set up the foundation to help mentally and physically disadvantaged individuals up the age of 30, and we’ve probably spent half a million dollars since Scott’s death helping people throughout the region,” foundation treasurer Lawrence Kuhl said Monday night at the tourism commission meeting.

Kuhl said helping to build a inclusive and sensory playground at Levi Jackson aligns with the foundation’s mission.

“We want to do something more permanent here in Laurel County,” he said. “At one time we built a softball field at the fairgrounds and supported it for a number of years. This playground is designed for autistic children as well as others. We want the handicapped as well as the able-bodied kids to able to interact and do the same things.”

A sensory playground is one that contains equipment/elements, including outdoor musical instruments, that stimulate one of the seven senses – touch, movement, smell, taste, sight, hearing and balance. The equipment is widely considered an ideal choice for children who may be on the autism spectrum or who may have sensory processing orders. The park was designed by Miracle Recreation, a national leader in playground equipment that installed the playgrounds at the Levi Jackson campground and Rotary Park.

The tourism commission thanked Kuhl and the Scott Rose Foundation for helping to fund the playground, and voted unanimously to contribute its half of the funds to get the project underway.

But Kuhl said the foundation wants to help in other areas as well, specifically contributing half the funds for an even larger sensory playground at the London-Laurel County Wellness Park.

The foundation has a vested interest in helping to develop the playground because the wellness park sits on a former coal processing site operated by James Rose, Kuhl said.

The commission plans to meet with Kuhl and a representative from Miracle Recreation to discuss the playground in a special-called meeting in two weeks.

Whitley Branch Veterans Park

Another milestone was reached this week in the ongoing development of Whitley Branch Veterans Park.

With the installation of several bridges and pavement of the last sections of the walking track, the park now has 2.25 miles of track for walkers and runners to enjoy.

Next up in the development of Whitley Branch is the construction of 40 additional parking spaces and a pickleball court on the lot next to Southeast Farm Supply on Dixie Street.

A new perimeter fence will be installed when those projects are completed.

London Parks and Recreation Director Mackey Williams said the expansion of Whitley Branch was necessary due to the overwhelming popularity and use of the park.

He also noted that the latest project came in about $40,000 under budget.

London-Laurel Co. Wellness Park Announcement

All City of London playgrounds, splash pads, and basketball courts will officially re-open on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 – except the London-Laurel Co. Wellness Park due to parking lot construction at Somerset Community College and roadway construction at the entrance of the park. The Wellness Park will re-open on July 10th, 2020.

City Park Safety

***UPDATED ON MONDAY, MARCH 30TH, 2020*** 

On the advice of the Laurel County Health Department, all City of London playgrounds and basketball courts are now closed until further notice. Walking trails will remain open at this time. 

Stay strong, stay aware and stay safe. 


For current state-wide information and announcements, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Levi-Jackson Park Campground News

The Campground at Levi Jackson is open! For NEW Reservations there is a 20% discount from now until the end of April. No better place to be than outdoors! To view availability visit our website www.levijacksonpark.com or www.bookyoursite.com. Our campground store is open for anything you may need. Please use the check-in window and one of the clerks will be happy to get you whatever items you may need.

Due to the COVID 19 virus we are taking a few extra precautions: Effective Tues 3/24/20 the campground store will be open as a walk-up only. We will be happy to get whatever items you need but we will not allow anyone to enter from the outside. We are also doing our part sanitizing our playgrounds and bathhouses more frequently to ensure everyone’s safety.

We ask that you help us do the same. We appreciate our campers and our citizens that utilize Levi on a daily basis.

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