SD1 invites you to visit Public Service Park (PSP). The park is dedicated to those who enhance Northern Kentucky's quality of life through public service. Featuring environmental best management practices (BMPs) and cutting edge public educational programming, PSP is a national model for environmental outreach.
Whether you are curious about our vegetated roof, looking to take a quiet walk, or searching for a wetland adventure, PSP provides an empowering and interactive learning experience you won't soon forget! Along your journey, you'll learn why it is important to reduce the amount of pollution entering our streams and rivers through storm water runoff.
This one-of-a-kind, innovative facility features the following educational tools and Best Management Practices (BMP's):
- Vegetated roof
- Wetland classroom
- Storm water garden
- Retention and detention basins
- Vegetated bioswales
- Native meadow
- Watershed plaza
- Oil/water separator
- Porous pavements
- Urban forest
- Environmental art sculptures
- Native American creek walk and more!
Click to view a printable description of the best management practices highlighted at Public Service Park.
SD1 unveiled a series of interactive audio exhibits at PSP, providing the public with an interactive way to enjoy the park and learn about SD1's innovative green initiatives.
Marked by circular "Did You Know?" indicators, the audio signs are posted at 10 strategic locations throughout the park and feature two buttons that generate two-minute long clips detailing PSP's best management practice features. The "Tell Me More" button gives general information about the feature showcased at each exhibit, and the "About SD1's Site" button provides an in-depth look at each feature specific to SD1.
Listen to a clip of one of the audio signs below!
To find out where the audio signs are located, click to view a printable version of the Public Service Park brochure.
Environmental Art in Education
While developing the educational programming, SD1 was challenged to find a way to reach all styles of learning for the students and residents that visit PSP. SD1 incorporated history, technology, chemistry, math and English into the structured field trips and tours. Environmental art is also an important component of the park.
Art in education has been proven to make a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of children and has proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries. Art peices also provide cultural and aesthetic value to communities and landscapes. With this in mind, SD1 implemented three limestone relief carvings at PSP, sculpted by local artists Karen Heyl and Allan Nairn. Each sculpture has an accompanying lesson in the Field Notebook that the students carry with them as part of the field trip to the site, making each sculpture a unique interactive feature that encompasses art as an educational medium. The power of art in education has limitless potential!
All three sculptures have been 100 percent funded by private dollars. SD1 would like to thank all contributors for their continued support of our educational outreach efforts.
Click here to meet artists Karen Heyl and Allan Nairn, and to view the completed sculptures.
Click here to learn more about field trip opportunities at Public Service Park.
Location: SD1's administrative office, 1045 Eaton Drive, Ft. Wright, Kentucky
For directions to our office, click here.
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week
*Notice: Use of SD1's park and facilities are at your own risk under KRS KY 411.190, Kentucky State Recreational User Statutes.