Before Shepherdsville City Park was the city park, it was home to the Watkins family.
James Watkins said from 1965-1998 his parents, Glenda and Lawrence Watkins, owned the land.
“We all just call that place home,” he said.
However, after a flood in 1997, the land was purchased by the city during a Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout to prevent future flooding and to create a city park, Watkins said.
In 1982, the family built a gazebo on the land and today it is still there, but is now known as the pavilion.