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Graham Memorial Park

“Let’s go to the park” takes on grander meaning when talking about Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon, the Heart of Kentucky.

The Lebanon city government municipal park ranks as one of the biggest and best in Kentucky. In fact, the massive indoor and outdoor swimming facility, the park’s Lebanon Aquatic Center, is unique among any city, anywhere.

And there’s also almost two miles of walking track, much of it lighted; basketball, tennis and volleyball (in season) courts; up to 13 regulation-size soccer fields; two large state-of-the-art playgrounds; four large-scale pavilion areas available for your large events, such as family reunions, picnics, birthday parties and more; and two baseball and softball complexes and a total of six fields, all big enough to host the Kentucky Little League state baseball tournament..which it did twice.

And there are the wide open manicured fields where you can…well…enjoy the park your way.

It all began on a day in June of 1927. Prosperous Lebanon, KY farmer and 73-year-old businessman George L. Graham suffered a heart attack while working in the fields of his farm, just off the Bradfordsville Highway, the current location of the park. That heart attack led to his death two weeks later; and two years earlier he had specified in his will that those 24 acres be given to the City of Lebanon “to be used as a park.”

Nearly 100 years later the park has grown to almost 100 acres. It takes a staff of about 40 people to maintain and run the place in peak season. There’s a battery of 48 security cameras designed to keep locals and visitors and the property’s facilities safe.

And this web page is designed to help you “go to Graham Memorial Park” and enjoy it to the fullest.

Contact

Graham Memorial Park

525 Graham Memorial Drive

Lebanon, KY 40033

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/grahammemorialparkky

City government page: https://lebanon.ky.gov/Depart/Pages/Parks.aspx

Lebanon Aquatic Center/Aquatic Director 270.692.9358

Park Office/Park and Recreation Director 270.692.1155 to schedule booking of all sports facility usage and tournaments, and for booking of pavilion for events

Directions

There are three entrances to Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon, KY.

The main entrance to the park is off South Proctor Knott/KY 49, and gives access to the parking lot for the Aquatic Center, the Pool Pavilion, basketball and tennis courts, and more, including the large parking lot for ball field A3.

Off South Proctor Knott, the Park Drive entrance gives access to the parking lot for ball fields A2 and A1, and the VFW Pavilion. Park Drive also extends into the large parking that serves the Baseball Complex Pavilion, ball fields B1, B2 and B3, and the multi-purpose/batting cage building.

Another park entrance is off Fairgrounds Road, and it gives access to the Soccer Fields Pavilion and all the soccer fields, as well as the TGKY Playground.

The Aquatic Center

The newly remodeled Lebanon Aquatic Center is open throughout the year and features a 25-meter by 25-yard heated indoor pool with water up to 5.5 feet deep. It also has roped lap lanes for swimming exercise. During the summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) the outside pools are open, which includes a thrilling 100-foot winding water slide and a children’s pool.

Water Aerobics

There are three types of water aerobics classes:

  1.  A comprehensive Splash class that focuses on movements that strengthen muscles and cardiovascular.
  2. A HIIT (high intensity interval training) class that is comprised of doing movements for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest period.
  3. A stretch/Pilates/yoga infused type of class.

All monthly and annual memberships receive free water aerobics classes; daily per-class fee also available.

HIIT Monday 10 a.m to 11 a.m. and Tuesday evening 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Splash Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday evening 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Stretch/HIIT/Splash combo class Saturday 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Swim Lessons

Lessons offered to children 3 years and older and also for adults.  Lessons are offered year round.  Contact the pool to set up availability of date and time for the swim lessons.  Lessons are offered by American Red Cross certified Lifeguards.

Training

Also available is American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, and CPR training for professional rescuers and CPR for the general public. ARC training is available year round with two year certifications. Contact the pool to schedule a class. Additional fees required.

Home to Swim Teams

The Lebanon Aquatic Center the home of Marion County High School, Bardstown High School, Bethlehem High School, Nelson County High School, Thomas Nelson High School, and Central KY Aquatics swim teams.  All high schools are in season from October through February.  The Central KY Aquatics team is a USS sanctioned swim team and they practice year round.

Fees

Monthly rates are: individual $25; family $50; senior $20; senior family $32. (Family rate includes up to four members living in the same house, each additional member is $5 per person)

Annual rates are: individual $250; senior $180; family $500; senior family $300.

Annual membership includes free admission to all water aerobics classes. Silver Sneakers accepted, and includes free admission and classes with active membership.

Also accepted is Renew Active insurance, and members receive free admission and classes with active membership.

The daily rate is $3 per person. Children 3 and under are free with paying adult.

Senior citizen, veteran and active military special daily rate is $2.50 per person.

Contact

Stay updated for holiday, weather or special event pool closing and special announcements
Website: www.lebanon.ky.gov/Depart/Pages/Parks.aspx

Facebookpage: www.facebook.com/LebanonAquaticCenter 

Phone :  (270) 692-9358  Fax:  (270) 692-1389

Hours

Please take note: Becuase pool hours of operation and events could be adversely affected by ongoing Covid challenges, it’s best to confirm that advertised, regular pool hours are in effect.

(Summer Hours) 

Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Sunday:   1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

(Spring, Fall and Winter hours)

Monday—Friday:  5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Athletic Fields and Facilities

The sports facilities at Graham Memorial Park has hosted the Kentucky Little League state baseball tournament twice, is home of the two-time Kentucky girls fast pitch softball state champions, and is the home of a dynamic local sports program, from t-ball to coed softball to Little League.

And it’s the perfect place for you to host your tournament, league or event.

Here’s a look at the three fields in the park’s Complex A… .

In the park’s Complex A, fields A1 and A2 are fast pitch softball regulation size complete with modern metal bench seating to accommodate crowds.

The A3 field is designed for men, women and coed league softball play.

Park Complex B also has three fields. Fields B1 and B2 are Little League baseball regulation size with grass infields. The larger field B3 meets Kentucky High School Athletic Association regulations.

All six fields are graced with high tech, high powered LED lighting that makes nighttime play possible. And all are fenced with home run footage signs; restroom and excellent concession facilities; and are maintained with year round professional ground crews on staff.

And another unique aspect of the sports facilities offerings at the park: the indoor multiple purpose facility. Among other things, it houses four batting cages, including one with a softball pitch machine and one with a baseball pitch machine.

To lease, book and schedule, or learn more about the wonderful sporting facilities at the park, contact the Graham Memorial Park office/park and recreation director at 270.692.1155.

Contact

To lease, book and schedule, or learn more about the wonderful sporting facilities at the park, contact the Graham Memorial Park office/park and recreation director at 270.692.1155.

Walking Track

The park’s walking track is composed of two sections; is made of smooth blacktop throughout; is wide enough for walkers to exercise side-by-side; and walking track section A is lighted for pre-dawn and after-sunset exercise hours.

Walking track section A encircles Park Complex A and is a total of 1 mile.

Walking track section B begins near Park Drive, extends through Park Complex B to a deadend near the soccer fields; you’ve completed a .87-mile walk. Make the return trip back to the starting point for a total of 1.74 miles. Or walkers may continue on to the sideway alongside Fairgrounds Road and use the network of sidewalks throughout Lebanon for extended routes.

Pavilions

There are four large pavilions at the park that you can schedule for birthday parties, company picnics, family reunions and more. The Pool Pavilion, the VFW Pavilion and the Baseball Complex Pavilion can all be accessed via Proctor Knott and Park Drive. The Soccer Fields Pavilion is accessed via Fairgrounds Road.

At each pavilion you’ll find:

  • Picnic tables.
  • Water and electric.
  • Restrooms.
  • Garbage receptacles for after-event cleanup.
  • All are covered for weather protection and have concrete floors and lighting.

It’s strongly recommended you book the pavilion you want by calling the Graham Memorial Park office/park and recreation director at 270.692.1155 and schedule a date and time. You’ll be asked to provide contact information for park personnel to be able to contact you; there is no cost or deposit required.

Playgrounds

Playgrounds have come a long way, and the City of Lebanon made the investment to provide Graham Memorial Park with two that are not only modern, but are artistic, inclusive and more.

Both are professionally designed as family destinations, with modern specialty equipment emphasizing inclusive play, family fitness and more. Things like the artistic Shadow Play Panels explore the artistic as well as add eye appeal.

The custom play spaces are year-round destinations for people who love the outdoors.

Lincoln’s Playground is in Park Complex A, and can be accessed two ways: enter the park via Park Drive and park in the parking lot near the park’s gazebo; or enter via the park’s main entrance and park in the parking lot in front of the Aquatic Center.

The TGKY Playground is accessed via the Fairgrounds Road entrance to Graham Memorial Park. It’s near the park’s Soccer Fields Pavilion.

Park Rules

  • Park closes at 11 p.m.
  • Use playground equipment at your own risk.
  • No littering.
  • No fires.
  • No profanity.
  • Adult supervision required.
  • No drugs or alcoholic beverages.
  • No glass containers.
  • All dogs must be on a leash.
  • No fighting.
  • Anyone damaging property or violating park rules will be prosecuted.

Playground Rules

  • Playground is closed from dusk to dawn.
  • Do not use equipment without proper adult supervision.
  • Proper footwear required.
  • No pushing or shoving.
  • Improper use of equipment prohibited.
  • Use playground equipment at your own risk.
  • Do not use equipment when wet.
  • Play carefully.

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Disclaimer

The Graham Memorial Park promotional information is provided in good faith as a public service by the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission (LTCC) and the City of Lebanon, KY. The LTCC and the City of Lebanon make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents within the promotional material and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information in our material, or indeed including but not limited to the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, is given with respect to the contents of this brochure, or online.

In no event shall LTCC or the City of Lebanon, nor any of the officers, directors and/or employees of either entity, be held liable for any injury, damage or loss arising out of or in any way connected with your use of this promotional information. LTCC and the City of Lebanon shall not be held liable for any indirect, consequential or special liability arising out of or in any way related to your use of this information.  Always, when enjoying activities of the nature depicted in this information, the participant should personally investigate the current status of the facility, field or other surface to be used by the participant, or the water level, temperature or other relevant information pertaining to the Aquatic Center, as well as weather and other external factors which could affect the activity, prior to participation.