Monday, May 23, 2011

Cherokee Park

Last week when we left the zoo I decided to take side roads home instead of getting on the interstate. 

There are so many pretty neighborhoods that I enjoy seeing and it is seldom that I take the time to drive through one of them.

While wandering our way home, we stumbled upon a back entrance to Cherokee Park, a very large park close to downtown.  We meandered through the park driving past many play areas and fun things to see and do.

Grant really liked this old car that pulled into the parking lot while we were there.

The kids finally talked me into stopping here for a quick romp on the playground equipment before heading on home.

A new playground set that they've never been on before ranks right up there with a trip to Chuck E. Cheese's in their minds!

This structure is located right beside the playground.
It is called Hogan's Fountain Pavilion.

True to the motto of some people in the metro area to "Keep Louisville Weird" (not sure what that's all about) this structure is quite strange.

There's an interesting article on the history of this pavilion on wikipedia.  After being at the park last week, I got curious and investigated the significance of the structure.

The roof on it is in bad shape.  If you read Reader's Digest, there was actually an article in either the April or May issue that mentioned a grant that was divided among several groups based on the number of votes each group received.  Louisville received one of these grants to help finance the restoration of this pavilion.

There, now you know.

Don't you feel better knowing that?


  1. Hi! My name is Tammy Madigan and I am one of the co-chairs of Save Hogan's Fountain Pavilion. A group member found your blog and pointed me to this post...which she felt would be of obvious interest to me. Not sure if any of your followers will ever see this I'm posting it months after your initial blog post...but in the event that they (or you) are interested, I wanted to point you at our website (, and let you know that you can also find us on facebook.

    Additionally, I wanted to mention that you have some very lovely photos of the pavilion and if you are amenable to allowing us to use them (towards the restoration of this historic structure), we'd appreciate it. In fact, your pavilion pics are so nice that I'd point you at the local Olmsted Conservancy's site, where they are hosting a photo contest for their upcoming calendar. There is no entry fee and you can submit as many as 5 photos for consideration. We'd love to see a great pic of the teepee in their calendar.

    If you'd like more info on any of this, please don't hesitate to contact me at Thanks!!

  2. Thanks for the information. I'll do my best to pass it on to others in the community!