Supporters hope to save Hogan's Fountain Pavilion
LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- The effort continues to save a Cherokee Park landmark.
A Metro Parks master plan calls for the demolition of the Hogan's Fountain Pavilion, also known as the Teepee, but a grassroots effort is underway to save the pavilion.
"It's the only place in the park where you can cook, rain or shine, you don't have to worry about the weather," says Lark Philips, who is leading the effort to save the pavilion.
Supporters estimate it will cost $82,000 to repair it. They have raised more than $21,000, and are asking the city to at least match their continuing fundraising effort.
"At first, it was just a sentimental thing, so many of us had fond memories of it," says Phillips. "But as we have been researching this and working to save it, we found it really is an historic landmark in our parks and it is definitely worth saving due to its unique style."
However those who have been working to restore the parks to their original design as conceived by landscape architect Frederick Olmsted say the teepee or pavilion does not conform to that design.
"It's design, its structure, its size and its location really invites a lot of concentrated use and that can cause things like erosion, soil compaction and damage to nearby trees," says Mimi Zinniel of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
She favors replacing the teepee with two separate smaller shelters.
Supporters of the pavilion will attend Mayor's Fischer's first citizen budget hearing Tuesday night at the Southwest Government Center on Dixie Highway.