LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A park in the California neighborhood is about to undergo a major facelift.
Victory Park has been maintained nicely over the years, but organizers say now is the time for a remodel.
The park, located at 1051 S. 23rd Street, doesn't always get the best reputation, but park leaders hope that a project like this will bring the community together as well as give the neighborhood something to be proud of.
You can't beat a summer day at the park. Rob Lee teaches the school-age class at the St. Benedict Center For Early Childhood Education. He decided to walked his students over to Victory Park, a place they haven't been in a while.
"Since the recent activity in the West End of Louisville, there's been a lot of violence this year, I've just been kind of unsure about bringing the kids," Lee said.
City leaders hope that soon will change as the Victory Park project, which is centered around the California neighborhood's needs and wants, begins.
"This is a much-loved area that people come out, from kickball to picnics, and so we want to make sure that they've got a park that they enjoy and they are going to use," Olmstead Parks Conservancy Director of Marketing Liz DeHart said.
The revitalization groundbreaking will happen in late September. First, crews will build a new basketball court. Work will then start on a quarter-mile ADA accessible walking path. Olmstead Parks Conservancy, along with Metro Parks, will oversee the project.
Trees will also be planted and new benches added.
"One of the things we're also doing is increasing the number of lights in the park, so that will help. So people feel safe to come out, and they'll come out with their families," DeHart said.
Future work includes a new playground, splash pad and picnic shelter. It's a community effort that Lee can't wait to see.
"I'm really excited to see what that's going to do," Lee said. "Hopefully (it) brings a little more activity back to the park, (and helps) get the violence off the streets and push that stuff off with positivity."
Phase One is expected to be completed in late November. The Phase Two will depend on fundraising. DeHart says they are applying for gr ants and accepting private donations. To learn how you can help or volunteer for this project, click here.