Recognizing the mental and physical health benefits of time spent outdoors, Governor Andy Beshear announced 41 projects on Friday that will improve accessibility and improve parks and recreation spaces across the Commonwealth.
More than $4.2 million from the federally funded Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been allocated to Kentucky communities for a wide variety of health-related outdoor improvements, including renovating or replacing playground equipment, construction of walking and biking trails, and bringing recreational facilities into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines.
“Ensuring our parks and recreation areas are open and accessible to all Kentuckians is important to every community in Kentucky and a priority for my administration,” Governor Beshear said. “Providing safe spaces for all of our families to exercise and gather is an essential part of building a better Kentucky.”
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund enables projects across our Commonwealth to move forward,” said DLG Commissioner Dennis Keene. “These projects will enhance our parks and outdoor spaces and make them more accessible to all Kentuckians.”
To receive the federal funds, which are administered at the state level by the Department of Local Government (DLG), selected applicants must pass a federal exam and receive approval from the National Park Service.
Some of the details of each of the projects are listed below:
The City of Alexandria will use $31,000 to demolish the current picnic shelter and build a larger shelter, covering more than twice the area of the existing shelter.
The City of Beaver Dam will use $88,084 to repave parking areas and walkways in Beaver Dam City Park. The project also includes the laying of a new sidewalk for a second parking lot and the delineation of approximately 393 parking spaces with two ADA accessible parking spaces.
The City of Benton will use $15,500 to build a paved walking path in HH Lovett Park and expand the existing ball diamond sidewalk.
The City of Campton will use $26,372 to install new ADA-accessible playground equipment and turf and to clear debris around Campton City Park and a nearby creek.
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The Town of Clay City will use $32,367 to construct two multi-purpose tennis/pickleball courts and fencing at Clay City Park.
The City of Crofton will use $50,000 to remove and replace hazardous lighting and poles around the Gordon Park ball diamonds.
The City of Dawson Springs will use $100,000 to remove old playground equipment from the Dawson Springs City Park and replace it with new ADA-accessible playground equipment. They will also update the T-ball field.
The City of Edgewood will use $75,000 to renovate an existing walking path in Freedom Park with surfacing made from recycled car tires. All upgrades will be accessible through ADA. The project also includes updating exercise stations along the trail.
The Town of Elkton will use $123,000 to improve lighting in one of Elkton-Todd County Park’s ball diamonds and update playground equipment.
The City of Fulton will use $200,000 to update areas of Pontotoc Park and expand sanitary sewer and water services.
The City of Henderson will use $200,000 to build and improve baseball diamonds and walkways at the Airline Road Sports Complex.
The Town of Hodgenville will use $125,000 to upgrade five existing ball diamonds and two new ones.
The City of Jackson will use $25,000 to improve existing ball courts and public spaces in Douthitt Park.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County government will use $25,000 to improve the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.
The Louisville-Jefferson County Metropolitan Government will use $200,000 for improvements to Jefferson Memorial Forest. These improvements include building an ADA-accessible paved walking path with crossings and expanding a picnic area to make it ADA-accessible.
The City of Middletown will use $49,146 for improvements to Wetherby Park.
The City of Millersburg will use $124,953 to improve the Millersburg City Park. These proposed improvements include ADA accessible ramps and walkways.
The City of Mount Vernon will use $25,000 to purchase new park benches and shade structures, as well as construct a new walking path and bridge crossing at Linville Lake Park.
The City of Newport will use $200,000 to build playgrounds at Festival Park in Newport. This project will also improve ADA access to the upper and lower terraces of Festival Park and provide park amenities.
The City of Nicholasville will use $125,000 to build a mile-long paved walking path in Riney B Park.
The City of Prospect will use $110,000 to expand Little Hunting Creek Park from a green space to a fully accessible park.
The City of Richmond will use $90,000 to construct an outdoor fitness field at the Reba Lake Recreation Complex.
The Town of Russell will use $33,564 to build walkways in the middle of Russell Town Park leading to a platform for a future shelter.
The Town of Sadieville will use $47,217 to build a wading pool at Veterans Park.
The City of Scottsville will use $157,350 to replace play structures at Scottsville Roadside Park and upgrade the playground. They will also build an ADA accessible sidewalk.
The City of Taylor Mill will use $45,625 to build an amphitheater and stage in Pride Park, complete with underground utilities and a roof.
The City of Warsaw will use $54,000 to build a shelter that will include a restroom, concession stand and picnic shelter. Warsaw will also install ADA-accessible play equipment.
The City of Williamsburg will use $125,000 to purchase new wading pool accessories and equipment for the Kentucky Splash Water Park and Campground.
The City of Worthington will use $13,463 to resurface the existing basketball and tennis court at Worthington City Park.
County of Bourbon
The Bourbon County Tax Court will use $200,000 to develop a sports facility on the land at Bourbon County Park.
The Christian County Tax Court will use $142,500 to improve areas of Ruff Park. They will build new restrooms and a concession facility with ADA accessible restrooms.
The Hancock County Tax Court will use $200,000 to build a wading pool and improve areas in Vastwood Park. The project will also include a variety of accessible water features and a UV disinfection system.
The Kentucky Department of Parks will use $200,000 to design and build six new RV cabins to be installed in Kingdom Come State Park. An existing park residence will be renovated into a fully accessible RV cabin.
The Henderson County Tax Court will use $200,000 to build two ADA-accessible restroom facilities at Sandy Lee Watkins Park.
The Henry County Tax Court will use $26,551 to install a new ADA-accessible concrete ramp to the Harry Hill Park baseball and softball fields. They will also install a new walkway.
The Leslie County Tax Court will use $200,000 to build a Little League park and playground.
McCracken County Tax Court will use $79,503 to construct three picnic shelters and a bicycle shelter, as well as make improvements to shelter areas and build a nature trail.
McCreary County Tax Court will use $54,859 to purchase and install an inclusive playground for ages 5 to 12.
The McLean County Tax Court will use $177,900 to install ADA-accessible playground equipment as well as new sewer lines and a lift station at Myer Creek Park.
The Perry County Tax Court will use $65,844 to resurface and redefine the tennis courts at Perry County Park. Additional lighting and fencing will be installed around both courts.
The Rowan County Tax Court will use $200,000 to improve recreation areas along Cave Run Lake. Rowan County will partner with the U.S. Forest Service to build a new dock, an ADA-accessible fishing pier with railings and new washroom facilities, and a walkway and walkway to accommodate people with disabilities. Road repairs and ADA-accessible vehicle exits will be made at Ramey Creek, the dock at Scott Creek will be relocated, and the trails at Shallow Flats and Boat Gunnell will be made ADA-accessible.