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KY – Four Western Kentucky State Parks Get $3.7M in Upgrades

Four Western Kentucky State Parks Get $3.7M in Upgrades

Kentucky’s state park system is in need of $240 million dollars in repairs according to state Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson. In an effort to address safety and aesthetic issues, Parkinson and Kentucky State Parks commissioner Donnie Holland unveiled plans today to spend $3.7 million on repairs, upgrades and fresh coats of paint at four western parks.

The state resort parks at Lake Barkley, Kentucky Dam Village, Kenlake, and the Pennyrile Forest are set to be improved over the next two years. The upgrades are part of the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign, an $18 million effort approved by the general assembly and Governor Matt Bevin.

Parkinson and Holland say it has been decades since the state invested in its park system. Deferred maintenance, Holland says, is the reason the lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park caught fire and why the conference center at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park has been condemned.

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