LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – One of west Louisville’s parks will undergo a major facelift thanks to a private grant.

Victory Park in the California neighborhood received a $365,000 grant from the Olmstead Conservancy Fund.

Work will start next month for a new splash pad, basketball court, walking trail and other upgrades.

The park has had a rocky history – once home to the Victory Park Crips, a local gang.

Councilman David James, who presides over the district says your past does not determine your future.

"For that area, there's often a perception that government doesn't care about that area, that it’s just overlooked totally and so to see that the Olmstead group which is private dollars, means that people from all over this community gave money and contributions in order to improve Victory Park, in a neighborhood where people often feel left out. That means people do care about them and they care about us," he said.

We're told residents over the past year had their ideas heard and contributed to the final project.

The upgrades should be finished within the next calendar year.