The Dare To Care truck arrives at the Park Hill Community center. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
Ian Locke (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
Ben Johnson (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
Area residents awaiting the start of the Dare to Care distribution (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
A letter posted at the community center about Dare to Care distributions. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Access to a community center that was being used for Dare to Care distributions was cut off leaving volunteers to hand out food in the hot sun.
Ian Locke, a member of the Park Hill community, months ago a sign was posted on the Park Hill Community Center saying Dare to Care members could no longer go inside and distribute donations. The sign gave no explanation why. As the weather gets hotter Locke fears it will turn volunteers away and impact distribution.
"The best way to serve the community is to distribute food through Dare to Care,” said Locke.
After hearing WAVE 3 News was on the way to investigate the matter, Locke said a Metro Parks official showed up to let members into the center and called the whole thing a misunderstanding.
“We were expecting them today," said Ben Johnson, assistant director of recreation for Metro Parks. "My staff was prepared, there were signs inside saying we were doing a Dare to Care distribution that had already been laminated so we were absolutely prepared ...so when I got the call this morning I was really confused.”
According to Johnson, Metro Parks had closed the center to Dare to Care for one month while they investigated other issues.