Wednesday April 9, 2014
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Louisville – Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) is sponsoring something special for residents of District 1 when “Shakespeare in the Park” brings Hamlet to Riverside Gardens Park this Sunday, April 13th.
As part of the Bard’s 450th birthday, Scott is helping inaugurate Kentucky Shakespeare’s first ever tour of productions in selective Louisville Parks. She says it’s a chance to bring more of the arts to neighborhoods.
“As a teenager, I had the privilege of enjoying ‘Shakespeare in Central Park’ in Old Louisville and am delighted to bring outdoor theatre to families in southwest Louisville,” says Scott. “We all know that the arts are vital to our children’s educational experience and that theatre helps to tell classical stories that continue to educate and entertain audiences to this day.”
For 53 years, Kentucky Shakespeare, a not-for-profit charitable organization, professional theatre company, and the oldest free Shakespeare Festival in the United States has been offering free Shakespeare in Central Park in Old Louisville during the summer.
“Shakespeare in the Parks” will bring a 90 minute, eight actor version of Hamlet beginning at 6:00pm. Metro Parks will provide some picnic tables, but also residents should also feel free to bring food, chairs, blankets, and join others in experiencing one of the Bard’s greatest works in a beautiful surrounding.
Those who turn out for the event will also learn more about major improvements that are planned for Riverside Gardens Park.
Beginning this Spring, Councilwoman Scott has secured funding for renovations to the Park in three phases. Under Phase One, improvements are planned for the North and South parking Lots. This phase will see the removal of the existing basketball court and the tennis court conversion to two basketball courts and the addition of an eight foot walking loop.
Phase 2 will see the constructions of a new playground and a new shelter/pavilion.
And finally, Phase 3 will see the replacing of the parking lot bollards, the removal of the old playground, landscaping and tree planting along with a new drinking fountain.
“Riverside Gardens Park is a special neighborhood place for the folks who live along Lees’ Lane,” says Scott. “Like so many places in District 1, we want to strengthen our community by reinvesting in the resources we have here.”
For more information about this weekend’s Shakespeare in the Park at Riverside Gardens, contact Councilwoman Scott’s office at 574-1101.
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