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New restrooms open in Willow Park

Sunday May 28, 2006

Project funded by Louisville Metro Government and private groups

At Willow Park’s first summer concert of the season, officials from Louisville Metro Government, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Cherokee Triangle Association celebrated the completion of a new restroom facility in the park.

The new restroom, which replaces an outdated facility that was removed from service last year, cost $160,000, with $95,000 paid by Metro Parks and $65,000 contributed by the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Old Town Wine & Spirits, and the Cherokee Triangle Association.  The new 336-square-foot facility includes four separate unisex units with toilets and sinks, along with a storage area.  The interior features energy efficient devices like instantaneous water heaters and automatic sinks, toilets and lights.  The exterior is brick with a cast stone base and trim.

“The neighbors are happy that this restroom was completed in time for the Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series,” said Tony Lindauer, president of the Cherokee Triangle Association.  “Our neighborhood association considered this important enough that we contributed to the cause, as well as seeking support from local businesses like Old Town Wine & Spirits.”  Metro Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) also contributed to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy for this project.

Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz noted that the project was made possible by private support.  “Modern restroom facilities are very expensive, since they have to be designed to endure a lot of wear and tear,” he said.  “We’re only able to build about one new restroom each year, so the significant private funding played a major role in making this happen.”

Willow Park is a small neighborhood park at the western end of Cherokee Park. It was originally part of the main entryway into Cherokee Park, and became a separate park in 1946, when Willow Avenue was extended to intersect with Cherokee Parkway.  It is one of 18 Louisville parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and his landscape architecture firm.

The weekly summer concert series in Willow Park continues on Sunday evenings through Labor Day; for more information, visit