The Save the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion group is planning to attend this week’s public hearings on the city budget.
The group is trying to raise $82,000 to repair the Cherokee Park pavilion’s roof. The structure, commonly called the tepee, is not part of the Metro Parks master plan, but city officials say they’ll keep it if it can be repaired without costing the government any money.
The group has raised about a fourth of the money it needs, and co-chair Tammy Madigan they’ll lobby for city funds this week as Mayor Greg Fischer hold forums to ask for citizen input for spending in the next fiscal year.
“We are planning to attend those and talk to the mayor and anyone else who happens to be there about trying to get some work on the pavilion included in the budget for this upcoming. The level of community support certainly justifies some funding by the city,” she says.
City officials have previously said they do not plan to put any money toward repairing the pavilion.
Madigan says the pavilion deserves money from the city, because it has generated rental income for Metro Parks for years.
“We’d like to see some of the ten thousand plus dollars a year that’s generated by the pavilion rentals used to help stop the deterioration and help restore it for the enjoyment of generations of Louisvillians for years to come,” she says.