Rec Report: A look back at 2017

The beginning of a new year brings with it plenty of optimism and a chance for a clean slate. It also provides an opportunity to reflect; and with that in mind, we would like to take a look back at 2017 in the Jeffersonville Parks Department.

The past year has been a landmark one for the City of Jeffersonville, especially in the entertainment arena. It all began with Abbey Road on the River. After more than a decade in Louisville, the largest Beatles-inspired music festival in the world came across the river to set up shop at Big 4 Station Park.

The Coca-Cola Summer Concert Series & Twilight Cinema continued to get even bigger as families from all over Kentuckiana ventured to the RiverStage on Friday and Saturday nights all summer!

Papa John’s Jeff Goes Country was headlined by Joe Nichols and boasted a record attendance!

The RiverStage in Jeffersonville wasn’t just home to several concerts over the summer. It also played host to River Pops! Which put on the Broadway rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, receiving rave reviews.

Kelly Services’ Jeffersonville Holiday Parade & Light Up Jeff were smash hits as locals kicked off the holiday season.

Seemingly, the only low point of the year for the Parks Department was when inclement weather forced us to cancel Steamboat Nights, which was poised to improve upon Steamboat Days, Jeffersonville’s premiere heritage festival. We were all disappointed that everyone who worked so hard to get Steamboat Nights ready, could not see it come to fruition in 2017. But their efforts were not for nothing, as we plan to build upon that and launch Steamboat Nights once again in 2018!

We plan to keep improving on all of our events and programs, making them bigger and better in the year to come! We hope you continue to support the Parks Department’s efforts and enjoy everything your community has to offer throughout 2018!