with riverfront, Splash Park
also part of citys initiatives
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (June 2012) The City of Carrollton
is moving forward with multiple improvement projects. A trio of projects
are expected to bring more visitors and residents alike to the downtown
Two proposals have been presented recently for a splash park project.
Louisville-based companies, Recreonics and Bluegrass Recreational Products,
have made presentations to the city council, pointing out the advantages
each possess in terms of this project.
This is something that in public meetings everybody said it was
important to them, said Carrollton Major Gene McMurry. The Splash
Park would be an amenity to two more projects that have already been
started: a riverwalk and an RV campground.
McMurry said he has consulted with Jane Brown of the state
Health Department about the idea of a Splash Park and what that would
encompass. Brown, based in Bowling Green, Ky., has passed along to McMurry
cost-saving ideas. We also wanted to know how to handle the water,
on which Brown made suggestions, he said.
McMurry said he has traveled to Manchester to view an actual splash
park. This gave me a better idea of what to do, he said.
To help pay for the estimated $159,500 Splash Park, a Land and Water
Conservation grant had to be submitted by Monday, April 30, to Frankfort.
The grant application is being written for the City of Carrollton by
Joan Moore, Carroll County Community Development Corp. executive
director. The amount of funding applied for is $60,000, she said.
Additional money is needed, Moore said. Money has been pledged
and donated by individuals and corporations. It will be the end of June
before the city knows if they have received this grant or not, she said.
We have commitments for half of what we need, said McMurry.
The community is supporting us. The city needed a community
donation totaling $45,000 to even apply for the grant.
Moore is confident about receiving the money. I believe the community
has wanted this for a number of years, she said. People
tell us all the time they would like to have a Splash Park for their
She said this free public water feature will be great for parents and
children who cant afford to go elsewhere. For people with kids
who visit the Two Rivers RV Campgrounds, it will serve a dual purpose,
The campground has been an ongoing project for the city for some time
as well. It opened the first weekend in May to local campers with a
ribbon-cutting ceremony held May 4. It officially opened to the public
on May 7.
Local resident Denny Batts has been hired as campground manager, said
McMurry, as well as a part-time maintenance employee. Online reservations
will be handled by Hercules Co.
Rates for RV campers were settled at a previous city council meeting.
The cost for staying Sunday through Thursday will be $35. On Friday
and Saturday it will be $40. For special events, such as racing weekends
at the Kentucky Speedway, cost will be $50 per day.
Work still needs to be done on the campground equipment,
said McMurry. Plumbing was approved April 26 and a final walkthrough
completed May 3.
A temporary path is being installed from the Two Rivers RV Campground
to Point Park. A permanent river walk has yet to be completed. It will
extend beyond this point to Fourth Street. The total estimated cost
so far for the river walk project is $450,000.
Everything we do is interrelated, said McMurry. We
want to offer a variety of things for campers to do.
McMurry said he wants to wrap up some of these current projects before
tackling a new project like the splash park. McMurry also believes the
completion of the riverwalk project will encourage more businesses to
locate in the downtown area. McMurry said he wants to complete some
of these current projects first, before tackling a new project like
the Splash Park.
Meantime, a July 4 family celebration is being planned for Point Park.
It will begin Tuesday evening and continue all day on July 4, ending
with fireworks. Inflatables, music, food, flea market, arts and crafts, and
a cruise-in by the Kentucky Krusiers are all on the schedule for
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