The band of citizens who are trying save the “teepee” pavilion near Hogan’s Fountain in Cherokee Park have kicked-off a fundraising effort to salvage the structure.
For the past several years, the wigwam-shaped shelter has been in serious disrepair with crumbling stonework, decaying roof shingles and graffiti despite being a popular venue.
After learning about a longstanding master plan developed by Metro Parks and the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy to demolish the shelter, residents founded Save the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion, a group that has been petitioning the community and elected officials to help save what they believe is a historic landmark.
The group is asking the community to take part in an online Readers Digest contest that includes 40 thousand dollars to pay for community projects.
The group’s co-chair, Tammy Madigan, says Metro Parks is not participating in the fundraising, but is not opposed to the effort.
Madigan’s group hopes to raise more than $80,000 to fix the roof.
The city has said it would cost $150,000 to replace the roof alone, however, Madigan told LEO that amount is based on one estimate, and members of her group have contacted a local company that is willing to charge $82,000 for a new roof and repainting.