Molly Leonard Portland Community Center is officially dedicated and reopened to the public

October 25, 2014

Louisville – She was well known and well-loved by the people of Portland. She worked hard as not only a public servant in Jefferson County but as a dedicated volunteer and community activist. Now, the memory of Molly Leonard is part of a place that also serves the people of Portland.

On Saturday, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth joined Metro Parks officials and many others who knew her for the official dedication and reopening of the Molly Leonard Portland Community Center.

Molly Leonard loved the people of Portland and she loved children,” said Hamilton. “This Community Center will bring those two groups together and that is what Molly worked for all her life.”

Mrs. Leonard, who passed away in 2008, was the Office manager for Jefferson County Clerk Rebecca Jackson. She was a well-respected and dedicated community activist and leader in the Portland neighborhood for many years and began volunteering in the community at the age of 13. 

She had numerous accomplishments including co-founding Portland NOW, the Portland Development Organization, the Portland Festival and Homecoming, the 6th Police District Auxiliary which has held a children’s Christmas party for 38 years, served as Honorary Mayor of Portland, is in the Portland Hall of Fame, and was Legislative District Chairperson for the Jefferson County Republican Party.

Molly worked hand-in-hand with Councilwoman Hamilton to make the new Portland Kroger store at 35th and Bank Street a reality and to save the old 6th District Police sub-station, to name just a few of her accomplishments and activities. She personally helped present the community service awards for the first two years at the annual celebration until her health started to fade.

“We need more people like Molly Leonard, because the only thing that can fix the problems we face is strong citizenship, and that’s what Molly brought to her neighborhood and community every day,” Fischer said. “She would be proud of this beautifully renovated center.”

Metro Parks is in the process of a complete renovation of the Center. So far, $150,000 has been spent on the project. The Center now features new flooring, lighting, windows and a state of the art computer room for public use. More improvements are planned in the coming year.