Founders Shawn and Inga Arvin were living in the Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville when they had a tug on their hearts to move to the Portland neighborhood on the western side of downtown Louisville in the fall of 2014. Through the process of looking for a house, they found a house that led to the purchase of a community center next door. The Arvin’s started renovations on their house, completely gutting it and rebuilding from the inside out.
Shortly after they finished renovating the house in Summer of 2015, they threw a block party for the neighborhood. The party turned out to be a surprisingly huge hit with over 800 people attending and help from 17 different organizations from across Kentucky. That’s when they realized this was much bigger than what they could have ever dreamed of – this was the beginning of Love City.
The Story Continues
Neighborhood Block Party
After finishing their house, Shawn and Inga hosted a neighborhood block party with a live band, face painting, and food.
Start of Fish Fryday's
The fish fry was started to help pay for the cost of utilities. They started with 15 pieces of fish.
First Annual Christmas Party
What started with a few gifts turned into hams, Santa, pizza, and a movie.
Open Gym Starts
Basketball is huge in our community so we started opening up the gym for 12-18 years who wanted to come.
We had cotton candy, popcorn, bouncy houses, and the circus to welcome in the Spring!
JB Atkinson Summer School
JB’s HVAC was getting replaced over the summer so we hosted their summer school in the building.
Westonia Park Renovation
We had over 200 Kingdom Workers join us for six weeks to overhaul Westonia Park and what an incredible job
Back to School Bash
What better way to bring in the school year than a big party at Westonia Park to celebrate the summers.
Adult Open Gym Starts
You can’t always let the kids have all the fun so we started opening the gym on Sunday nights for
Love City Girl Scout Troop Starts
We were ecstatic to launch our Girl Scout troop and engage with the girls of our community.
Women's Christmas Tea
This was a great night of tea, desserts, music, and fellowship with neighbors from near and far.
2nd Annual Christmas Party
We took it even bigger this year with bikes, presents, Christmas songs, and a Charlie Brown Christmas