Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $18,500 Recreational Trails Grant for Warren County. The grant will help fund a parking improvement project for Lost River Cave and H.P. Thomas parks.
"Our area's caves are natural wonders, unique and worthy of protection and promotion,” said Secretary LaJuana S. Wilcher of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. “This funding is one more example of Governor Fletcher's commitment to protecting our environment while promoting Kentucky's economy."
Lost River Cave and H.P Thomas parks incorporate a series of shared-use paths and trails, providing access to recreational activities for the citizens of Warren County and the surrounding communities. This recreational grant will be used to upgrade the existing trailhead parking facility that connects to paths and sidewalks in city and county parks. The improved parking location will be constructed with asphalt.
“Warren County has a great resource for outdoor recreational activities,” GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams commented. “The improved parking facility will help make the existing park more accessible for visitors and thus help spur tourism activity in the area.”
Secretary Wilcher presented the check to Rhoella Lansden, Executive Director of Friends of the Lost River, Inc. on Friday, May 13 at Friends of Lost River, Inc. in Bowling Green.
. “The Recreational Trails Program Grant will improve the only facility for public parking available to the 60,000 annual visitors at Lost River Cave & Valley,” said Lansden. “The parking facility is the trailhead for an 85-acre park corridor located in the heart of Bowling Green. Improvements provided by the grant will increase access to approximately four miles of trails that include opportunities for bird-watching, wildlife observation and scenic views of the cave valley.”
The Recreational Trails Program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration and may be used to acquire land for recreational trails and to develop and renovate trails for both motorized and non-motorized use. Recreational Trails funding is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.