One of the few pleasant memories a kid gets from growing up in a public housing project, is that some sort of playground can always be found nearby. Your reporter--until reaching the age of seven, and moving with his family to a nice shotgun-style house in Louisville's Parkland Neighborhood--lived at 1616 South Eleventh Street, in the Parkway Place municipal housing project. The playground there, in the late 1940s, was a wonderland of swings, see-saws, and monkey bars.
Sadly, in the half-century or so since then, the Parkway Place playground has fallen victim to decay and neglect. But a Louisville Metro Councilman wants to change that.
Thanks to the efforts of Councilman David James (D-6), the children of Parkway Place will soon have a new place to play, and residents there will also be able to use a new community garden. But before that can happen, volunteers will come together to first prepare and then build a new playground for the complex.
“Once again, our community will rally to help make our neighborhoods a better place to live and a better place for children to play,” says Councilman James. “If you are interested in being part of something special, we need tools and volunteers.”
With the help of volunteers, KaBOOM and the Humana Foundation, a new playground and community garden is set to be built on Tuesday, June 18th. It will serve the 1,589 residents who live in Parkway Place.
The project hopes to gather the necessary volunteers and tools to first do preparation work on Saturday, June 15th and then build the playground and garden on the 18th.
“What we need, besides bodies, are tools such as shovels, wheel barrows and rakes,” says James. “We are also looking for miter saws and a circular saw for the preparation work on Saturday. If you have the time and the tools, please come help us out.”
The volunteers will work from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday the 15th. Then work will begin on the playground at 8:00 a.m. on the 18th.
KaBOOM is a nonprofit agency dedicated to building or restoring playground for children in the United States. To date, the organization has partnered with others to build more than 2,000 playgrounds. The Humana Foundation is an organization dedicated to promoting health lives and health children.
In Metro Louisville, KaBoom and its partners have already built playgrounds for children in the Parkland and Downtown areas.
“The children of Parkway Place need our help, so if you have the time, talent and tools, come and join us,” says James.
The project is being coordinated through the Louisville Metro Housing Authority. If you have a question or would like to volunteer, contact LMHA at 502-569-3400. Or you can contact Councilman James' office at 502-574-1106.