The Fountain Avenue Fall Festival, a family friendly festival celebrating the rehabilitation of this historic neighborhood, is organized by the Planning Department and Paducah Parks and Recreation, both departments with the City of Paducah. The festival includes free food, games, hayrides, a costume contest, crafts, and a movie in the park at dusk featuring "The Lorax." This year the festival will be held at the newly constructed Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park. The festival will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
For the safety of the participants during the festival and to provide a route for the hay ride wagon, Madison will be closed between 13th Street and Harahan Boulevard. Harrison will be closed between Harahan boulevard and 14th Street. 14th Street will be closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Madison Street.
The Fountain Avenue Neighborhood is a neighborhood filled with 100 year old homes. Fountain Avenue, Park Avenue, North 13th Street, and the alley between Monroe and Jefferson comprise the boundaries of the neighborhood. The main goal of the revitalization project is to turn the neighborhood back into an economically diverse neighborhood similar to its character 80 to 90 years ago. When revitalization commenced in 2007, approximately 80 percent of the structures were in disrepair. The neighborhood has been improved with an increase in home ownership, dozens of new or rehabilitated structures, and a decrease in the crime rate. City and state incentive programs have spurred the development in the neighborhood.
For more information about the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood including available lots and homes, call the Planning Department at 270-444-8690.
In 2016, the Kentucky League of Cities awarded the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood Revitalization Project with an Enterprise Cities Award. The award recognizes city projects or programs that make a true impact on their communities. Since the Paducah Board of Commissioners adopted the plan in 2007, 36 new homes have been constructed in the neighborhood. So far, 84 existing homes have seen rehabilitation investments of more than $10,000 with 47 of those home having investments of more than $50,000. There has been more than $13 million in public and private reinvestment in the neighborhood.
The Fountain Avenue Fall Festival is brought to you thanks to community partnerships among the Paducah Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Police Departments; Amazing Grace Lutheran Church; Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church; Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church; McCracken County Public Library; Midtown Alliance of Neighbors; and all the wonderful neighborhood residents.