Governor Beshear presents over $350,000 in funding to improve 3 Jefferson County parks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) — On Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced $359,146 in funding to improve three parks in Jefferson County.

The funds will be used to improve accessibility at Jefferson Memorial Forest in Fairdale, Little Hunting Creek Park in Prospect and Wetherby Park in Middletown, according to the release.

“These projects benefit parks that serve all of Jefferson County,” Beshear said. “With today’s awards, we are continuing to build a better Kentucky by ensuring our recreational spaces are safe and accessible for all Kentucky families.”

The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provides the funding.

The Tom Wallace Recreation Area at Jefferson Memorial Forest has received $200,000 from LWCF that will go toward building a 3,960-foot-long paved path.

Visitors will be able to move from the front of the park to the back and around the lake. The path will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“There is a notable theme that runs through the three grants that were announced today: a civic commitment to conservation and equity. This commitment is shared by the governor and my fellow mayors who are working to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Thank you Governor Beshear for these funds that will help improve our Jefferson Memorial Forest and make other green spaces more welcoming throughout the community.”

The governor presented an LWCF award of $110,000 to the town of Prospect to improve Little Hunting Creek Park. Funding will help build a pavilion, picnic areas, playground, and more.

“Little Hunting Creek Park is a beautiful grassy area between our City Hall and the entrance to one of our neighborhoods, Fox Harbor,” Mayor John Evans said. “We are about to turn it into a park with walkways, lights, benches, fountains, a children’s play area, a pavilion for concerts, plays and other events, and a expanded parking lot next to City Hall. It looks like we will be innovating very soon. The playground will be “community built”, which means we buy the equipment, but resident volunteers will assemble it . »

An LWCF prize of $49,146 was awarded to the town of Middletown for Wetherby Park. Funding will be used to equip playgrounds, parking and installing benches.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant helps Middletown support active lifestyles for Middletown residents,” said Mayor J. Byron Chapman. “By improving Wetherby Park’s amenities with an expanded walking path, play equipment and washrooms, it becomes a destination for every family to enjoy the outdoors. Grants like this help small towns improve the quality of life for every resident.

The LWCF provides federal grants to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation, and develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities.

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