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After roughly seven years of work, Pewee Valley’s Central Park officially opened Sunday with a concert and dedication.
The park, located behind Pewee Valley City Hall, features a walking path, gazebo and mural of an old stone mill, painted by local artist Carol Logan with help from Emily Mintman, a Pewee Valley resident.
Sunday’s dedication included music from local band Whiskey Bent Valley, as well as brief remarks from Mayor Bob Rogers.
City officials first started the work on Central Park in 2006, when the city bought the property behind city hall and razed an old home located on the property. Rogers said with the help of the city council and solid planning, the park eventually came together.
“With the help of a proactive city council and a good plan it transformed from (the old house) to what it is today,” Rogers said.
The park was implemented in stages to lessen the financial impact, Paula Kennedy, a volunteer on the park project, said. The city also received grants from the Peyton Samuel Head Family Trust and the South Oldham Rotary Club for the park.
After years of slow but steady work, those involved with the project were excited to see Central Park open to community events.
“It’s a great gathering place, we want the community to spend as much time as they can here,” Rogers said. “We’re planning more concerts in the park. We’re planning movies in the park.”
Kennedy agreed that with the park now open, demand was high for events in Central Park.
“People want to get married out here,” she said. “St. Aloysius wants to do classes out here, there are lots of ideas on how to utilize this park.”
Kennedy and Rogers each give the other a large amount of credit to seeing the park through, as well as the city council, Logan and other volunteers.
And there are still a few more things to do to the park, Kennedy said. There are plans to put in a bridge over a small ditch in the park, she said, as well as more landscaping to be finished.
But overall, both Rogers and Kennedy said the park is ready for a multitude of events in the community.
“Once we start really utilizing it, I think it’ll be a good meeting place,” Kennedy said.
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