LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Progress Park looks like the perfect country getaway—a scenic place with cabins and canoes, beaches, and birches. But it’s not in the country. It’s in the city limits of Louisville, where more than 600,000 people live. It’s an oasis near an international airport.
“It’s the best of both worlds, because not only is it unexpected, but then it’s also appreciated because it’s close to any amenity you might need,” said marketing director Valerie Pifer.
Progress Park is best known as an Airstream Resort. Seven of the so-called “silver bullets” are available to rent through Air BNB. The 12-acre property is owned by Mike and Valeria Pifer, and Nick and Karey McDowell. The couples went together to buy it in 2016.
Valerie said, “We all had campers at the time and brought them over with our kiddos and just started fishing and hanging out and cleaning up the property, kind of dreaming about what we would do with it.”
The dreaming turned to “streaming” when they realized they could tap into the nostalgia many people feel for the shiny trailers that have been housing travelers since the 1930s.
“I really think Airstreams are Americana,” said Valerie.
Over the years, Airstreams have come in many shapes and sizes. They reflect a simpler time, but inside, each one has been updated to give guests a true glamping experience.
“Most of ours can sleep five to six; that is if every spot is slept in,” Valerie said. “I like to say it just depends on your comfort level—how much you love each other!”
The park is more than just a glossy campground. It comes with a pickleball court, firepits, canoes, and trails. It can also host weddings and other large events in a tent. Soon, there will be permanent event space in a large building under construction.
There are also three houses on the property for those who want a little more space. Valerie says families have rented out the whole park, which can sleep 65 people when every rental unit is in use. Prices vary, depending on the time of the year and the size of the trailer or house, but start around $200 a night.
“Our husbands are big dreamers. Big thinkers can see things before they exist, and they could really see this property had so much potential,” Valerie said.
A repeat visitor from Oldham County likes to plan fun outings for her family. Even though Progress Park is just 30 minutes from her home, Molly Sensenbrenner said it feels like they’re on a far-off adventure.
“We actually stayed in a school bus in the summertime, and it was so rustic,” she said. “My kids were like, ‘no.’ I said, ‘We’re going somewhere better.’ This one’s got the upgrades, and we’re good with that.”
Progress Park is a work in progress. The owners said they still have plenty of ideas for the property. They’ll polish them off one at a time.