Local band My Finest Hour kicked off the inaugural Town Center Concert Series in downtown London. Sneaky Pete and country star Julie Roberts performed later. Citizens enjoyed a beautiful night for live music, food, drinks and fun!
COMING JUNE 4! Make plans to join the fun at the inaugural Town Center Summer Concert Series next Friday night at Town Center Park in beautiful downtown London. The concert features popular local bands My Finest Hour and Sneaky Pete, followed by country music star Julie Roberts. It’s going to be an amazing night of music, fun, food and beverages at a city park planned specifically for such occasions. Presented by the City of London Tourism.
Save the date for The Town Center Summer Concert Series kick-off on Friday, June 4 presented by City of London Tourism!
This hometown celebration will serve as a ribbon-cutting for Town Center Park and feature free live music from My Finest Hour, Sneaky Pete and headlined by Julie Roberts! Food and beverage trucks will be on-site and don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m!
Join us for a wonderful evening of live performances and mark your calendars for the upcoming shows on July 2, August 6, and September 3. Guests will be required to adhere to Covid-19 CDC Guidelines. Stay tuned for additional details on these upcoming performances.
Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson will open on Memorial Day 2021 and is seeking summer and fall employees! Their first session of walk-in interviews will be this Thursday, May 13, 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. at the Club House at Levi Jackson. Applicants must be 18 years of age.
Individuals of all abilities soon will have an outdoor inclusive sensory playground to help them develop vital skills, thanks to a partnership announced Monday night between City of London Tourism and the Scott Rose Foundation. The city applied for a state matching grant more than a year ago to build the playground behind Shelter House Number Two at the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park.
The estimated cost of the project is about $201,000.
“We haven’t received notification of getting that grant, and we’re pretty comfortable it may not be received,” said Chris Robinson, executive director of the tourism commission. “Thankfully, the Scott Rose Foundation has stepped in to pay 50 percent of that.”
The foundation was started in 1984 by London banker and entrepreneur James L. Rose in honor of his son Scott, who was killed in a car wreck in 1983.
“We set up the foundation to help mentally and physically disadvantaged individuals up the age of 30, and we’ve probably spent half a million dollars since Scott’s death helping people throughout the region,” foundation treasurer Lawrence Kuhl said Monday night at the tourism commission meeting.
Kuhl said helping to build a inclusive and sensory playground at Levi Jackson aligns with the foundation’s mission.
“We want to do something more permanent here in Laurel County,” he said. “At one time we built a softball field at the fairgrounds and supported it for a number of years. This playground is designed for autistic children as well as others. We want the handicapped as well as the able-bodied kids to able to interact and do the same things.”
A sensory playground is one that contains equipment/elements, including outdoor musical instruments, that stimulate one of the seven senses – touch, movement, smell, taste, sight, hearing and balance. The equipment is widely considered an ideal choice for children who may be on the autism spectrum or who may have sensory processing orders. The park was designed by Miracle Recreation, a national leader in playground equipment that installed the playgrounds at the Levi Jackson campground and Rotary Park.
The tourism commission thanked Kuhl and the Scott Rose Foundation for helping to fund the playground, and voted unanimously to contribute its half of the funds to get the project underway.
But Kuhl said the foundation wants to help in other areas as well, specifically contributing half the funds for an even larger sensory playground at the London-Laurel County Wellness Park.
The foundation has a vested interest in helping to develop the playground because the wellness park sits on a former coal processing site operated by James Rose, Kuhl said.
The commission plans to meet with Kuhl and a representative from Miracle Recreation to discuss the playground in a special-called meeting in two weeks.
Another milestone was reached this week in the ongoing development of Whitley Branch Veterans Park.
With the installation of several bridges and pavement of the last sections of the walking track, the park now has 2.25 miles of track for walkers and runners to enjoy.
Next up in the development of Whitley Branch is the construction of 40 additional parking spaces and a pickleball court on the lot next to Southeast Farm Supply on Dixie Street.
A new perimeter fence will be installed when those projects are completed.
London Parks and Recreation Director Mackey Williams said the expansion of Whitley Branch was necessary due to the overwhelming popularity and use of the park.
He also noted that the latest project came in about $40,000 under budget.