Councilman Owen calls on community to support “Save Our Center” fundraiser

May 22, 2015

Louisville –For the time being, the doors to the Douglass Community Center remain open but for how long? Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) is calling for the community’s help in ensuring the doors stay open for many years to come.

“The Douglass Community Center has been a gathering place for all kinds of activities and events and right now there is one group leading the charge to keep the center vital,” says Owen. “The Highlands-Douglass Neighborhood Association is taking the lead to make sure the center thrives and they need our help.”

Owen is encouraging everyone to turn out for a Neighborhood Fete, a fund raising event to help secure the center’s operation, on Saturday, May 30th beginning at 7:00pm.  There will be hors d’oeuvres from local venues, libations, live music, and a silent auction that includes local art, signed memorabilia, unique gift baskets, and more! 

It has been suggested that donations of $30/person or $50/couple would help the effort. Donations will be accepted at the door.  Contributions above the suggested amounts will be graciously accepted!

Last year at this time, in the face of a closure order, Councilman Owen helped secure $50,000 in needed Metro funds to fix an inadequate fire alarm system in the main building.

“Right now, the center is open but the community needs to send the message as to how important this facility is to all of Louisville,” says Owen.

Save Our Center has delivered a petition asking Mayor Fischer and the Metro Council to support a $250,000 allocation to address other fire safety issues, construct new restrooms in the gym, and improve disability access.

Owen notes that “private dollars that are raised will match those public funds and enable Metro Parks to make even more improvements to the Center.”

The Douglass Community Center is located at 2305 Douglass Boulevard.