Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents $100,000 Grant to Taylorsville Lake State Park for Trail Upgrades

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Funds will restore old trails, create new routes

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a $100,000 grant to Taylorsville Lake State Park for restoration and enhancement of the park’s popular and extensive network of recreational trails. The grant is part of a $144,250 project that will expand the trail system – currently 16 miles – to some 22 miles.

“Taylorsville Lake State Park is a destination for tourists from across the country and the Commonwealth, and this grant will provide a major upgrade to the park experience,” said Governor Fletcher. “Our recreational trails program provides local citizens with an opportunity to enjoy nature and maintain a healthy lifestyle, while at the same time attracting tourists and bolstering our economy.”

The grant, which is through the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program, will be used to construct six miles of new trails and restore the existing trail system to its original condition, while adding beautification items. Due to heavy use, the trails have deteriorated over the years.

“Taylorsville Lake State Park is a wonderful tourist destination and the upgraded trail system will only enhance the park experience,” said Sen. Gary Tapp (R-Waddy).

“The expanded trail program at Taylorsville Lake State Park will draw more people to the area to enjoy the unique beauty of Kentucky and Spencer County,” said Rep. Milward Dedman (R-Harrodsburg).

The grant will fund a major restructuring of the trail surface. Ruts and washed-out areas will be replaced, drainage will be improved and gravel and retaining walls will be added to increase stability and aesthetic value. The project will improve safety and accessibility for the handicapped. Several marking signs that are missing will be replaced.

The trails are built for multiple nonmotorized uses – walking, running, bicycling and horseback riding. Taylorsville Lake is one of two Kentucky state parks – the other is Dale Hollow – that offer horseback camping.

“Because of the unique opportunity the trail system offers to several different groups of users, it’s important that we do our best to make sure the trails are in the best possible condition,” said Rep. David Floyd (R-Bardstown).

“This grant will take one of the jewels of Kentucky’s trail systems and make the experience for users even better,” said Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville).

Grants from the Recreational Trails Program may be used to acquire land for trails and to develop and renovate trails for motorized and nonmotorized use. The program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.