Who's Ready for Summer?


Who’s ready for summer? Registration now open for Lexington Parks & Recreation 2023 summer camps!

Registration is now open for a variety of summer camps being offered by Lexington’s division of Parks & Recreation for 2023. Online registration is available through the city’s website and in-person registration can be completed at Dunbar Community Center. 

“Our camps we present each summer are one of our biggest priorities,” said Monica Conrad, Director of Parks & Recreation. “We know it’s not only something people love for their kids to attend, but it’s also an opportunity for kids to enjoy recreational activities, explore our parks and green spaces, and grow up having a better understanding and appreciation for nature.” 

There are eighteen camps being offered, including annual favorites such as Camp Kearney, as well as a variety of others with activities including art, dance, equestrian riding, golf, swimming, Therapeutic Recreation for people with special needs, teen retreats, and tennis. With over ninety sessions across all camps, there is something for everyone, no matter their interests. 

For the second summer, Parks & Recreation will be offering Community Summer Teen Retreats – this summer at both Dunbar and Tates Creek community centers. Much more than just a camp for teens, these retreats not only offer fun activities, but also innovative learning opportunities and exciting field trips showcasing career opportunities. 

“In 2022 we identified a need for additional recreation opportunities for teens in Lexington,” said Adrienne Thakur, Deputy Director of Recreation for Parks & Recreation. “We piloted our Community Summer Teen Retreat last summer and are excited to announce not only its return but an expansion in 2023, with four week-long sessions at Dunbar Community Center, and an expansion to Tates Creek Community Center with four sessions at that location.” 

Another new camp is an expansion of the popular Extended School Program (ESP) camps, which now has a new location, Ashland Elementary. Ashland joins returning locations Julius Marks and Stonewall elementarys in offering swimming, themed challenges, arts and crafts, and field trips exploring central Kentucky. 

For more information about all summer camps and how to register, parents and guardians can visit LexingtonKY.gov/camps. For assistance with online registration, interested persons are encouraged to call (859) 288-2980. If English is not the preferred language, website visitors can click the “Translate” link at the top of the page to translate any pages on the city website to one of eighty other languages. 

Parks & Recreation, a division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programing, maintenance, and development of over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreational programs, and three arts venues. To find out more, follow @LexKYParks on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or sign up for the email newsletter