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Group Launches Fundraising Bid To Repair Park Pavilion

By Sheila AshA group called Save the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion is trying to raise money to repair the roof of the pavilion in Cherokee Park.The group is asking the community to take part in an online Readers Digest contest that includes 40 thousand dollars to pay for community projects.The group’s co-chair, Tammy Madigan, says Metro Parks is not participating in the fundraising, but is not opposed to the effort. "Our group has been trying to get the parks department to do some repairs to it and basically the Olmstead Conservancy had issued a master plan for that area of the park in 1994 which actually shows that pavilion being removed so they are really not wanting to put a lot of money into the repairs for that," she said.Madigan’s group hopes to raise more than $80,000 to fix the roof.

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