LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – People living in the California neighborhood celebrated the start of phase two for the Victory Park revitalization project Saturday.

Last year, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy along with the city broke ground on the $1.1 million project. Phase one included a new walking path, benches and a basketball court.

Saturday, leaders officially launched phase two, which will cost $640,000 of the total budget. In about a month, crews will start building a new playground and spray park. The plans also include adding more trees and an outdoor space to the existing community building.

Community leaders predict that revitalizing the park will lead to a neighborhood revitalization as well. Norman Parker, who lives in the California neighborhood and has been working with the city on this project, said the area is already seeing safety improvements.

“The neighborhood has its past, like it has its past,” Parker said. “But what we’re doing here now moving forward is going to blow the past out of the water.”

The Olmsted Conservancy involved the community in deciding what should be included in the new park.

“It’s something for somebody to come out and ask your opinion,” Parker said. "But it’s a whole other uplifting story when you actually see them make investments in your opinion.”

The project is a collaboration between the Olmsted Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation. And it was supported by the mayor’s office and Metro Council. The $1.1 million was donated to the make the project possible.


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