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Crews break ground on $240K Willow Park restoration project

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Willow Park renovation project. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Willow Park renovation project.
Peggie Elgin Peggie Elgin
Clair Colvin Clair Colvin

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Crews braved the heat Monday as work got underway to revamp a staple that has been part of the Cherokee Triangle for over 100 years.

Members of the Cherokee Triangle Association teamed with Louisville Metro Parks and Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy to host a ribbon cutting ceremony before breaking ground on a $240,000 renovation at Willow Park.

"Willow Park had not been updated for a long time ad needed some improvements," said Peggie Elgin, president of the Cherokee Triangle Association.

Elgin said a new restroom has already been added to the park located in the Highlands at the intersection of Cherokee Parkway and Willow Avenue. Forthcoming updates include an improved drainage system and lighting, new sidewalks and benches, additional trees, and a state-of-the-art electrical system to support public events at the gazebo.

The updates have local parents including Clair Colvin pleased.

"This is exciting that this park is getting revamped," said Colvin who frequents with park with her eight-month-old son, Taylor. "It's going to be even more fun for him as he grows."

To commemorate growth, members of the Cherokee Triangle Association buried a time capsule at the park as crews broke ground on the project made possible through joint funding.

Metro Councilman Tom Owen (D-District 8) allocated $60,000 from his neighborhood discretionary funds, while the Cherokee Triangle Association allocated $30,000 and pledged another $30,000. The effort to generate additional donations continues.

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