Department for Local Government
Gov. Beshear Announces Grant for McCreary County

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 21, 2009) —  Gov. Steve Beshear and the Department for Local Government (DLG) today announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the construction of a Multi-Generational Center in McCreary County. 

Located on a 99-acre tract at the McCreary County Community Park in Whitely City, the new 8,000 square foot facility will serve as a senior center, provide a space for youth recreational facility and will provide multiple meeting areas for use by all local residents.

“This new facility will give families and friends a place to meet, promoting a healthy lifestyle and community involvement,” said Gov. Beshear.  “I’m proud to award this grant to assist with the construction of the new Multi-Generational Center that will benefit so many Kentuckians in McCreary and the surrounding counties.”   

According to McCreary County Judge Executive Blaine Phillips, there will be hiking trials and three ballparks outside of the facility.  He said the long-term vision is to eventual have a theater in the area as well. 

“The opening of this facility has been a highly anticipated event for our area,” said Judge Phillips.  “The Multi-Generational Center will be a productive party of the county’s recreational program and something that the citizens of McCreary County can and will be proud of.” 

The multi-generational facility will be located at the McCreary County Community Park located in Whitely City.  It will be owned by the county and managed by the county’s park board under the supervision of the fiscal court.  The building will meet accessibility standards set by the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will contain a kitchen, meeting space, exhibit hall and an indoor walking track. 

Kentucky’s CDBG program is managed by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Kentucky’s U.S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of funding in Kentucky and nationally.