Lucille Grant Park in Phoenix Hill | Photo by Adelle Brodbeck
Lucille Grant Park in Phoenix Hill | Photo by Adelle Brodbeck

By Adelle Brodbeck

In the midst of a Phoenix Hill parking lot sits the miniature Lucille Grant Park. On a sunny weekday afternoon, the two swings are still and the displaced benches deserted. However this Sunday evening, the bluegrass/Latin-infused sounds of Appalatin will hopefully draw crowds from across the city.

On Sunday, May 17, the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Association is pairing up with local favorites Appalatin to fundraise for a new toddler-specific play set in Lucille Grant Park.

Cindy Brown Kinloch of PHNA tells Insider that they hope to raise $10,000 through the event, but realistically expects about $1,500.

Photo by Adelle Brodbeck
Photo by Adelle Brodbeck

In 1998, PHNA, New Directions Housing Corporation and the Christian Church of Kentucky partnered to create Lucille Grant Park as a safe place where neighborhood children could play.

“We had no neighborhood park in the central part of our residential core,” says Brown Kinloch.

Appalatin percussionist Steve Sizemore says the band has been close with the neighborhood for years and was immediately on board when they heard of the project.

“We like to think of (PHNA) as part of the extended Appalatin family,” he says. “One of our members lives very close to the park and uses it regularly. We’re happy to help the effort and support the use of parks as a neighborhood asset. It is good for the soul of adults and kids alike.”

The fundraiser is set to last from 5-7 p.m. in Lucille Grant Park, 1000 E. Liberty St. (rain location at 800 Liberty St.). In addition to a performance from Appalatin, food and drinks will be available for purchase from Big E’s Southern “Q.” Entry is suggested at $10 per person, or $25 per family, but all donations are encouraged and welcome.

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