Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Funding for Oldham County Conservation Park

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

                Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $53,600 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for Oldham County.  The grant will be used for the Phase I of Conservation Park.  Senator Ernie Harris, Representative David Osborne and Representative Rick Rand were on had to present the checks on behalf of Governor Fletcher and GOLD.

            Funds will be used to establish a passive park.  A road and culvert, parking lot, picnic tables and signs identifying park paths will be installed.

            “With the busy lifestyles that most families lead, it is important for them to have quality time with one another,” Governor Fletcher said.  “This park will provide Oldham County residents with an avenue for family activities.”

             Oldham County citizens will benefit greatly from having this facility available to them,” Senator Ernie Harris said.  “It is important to fund these projects to create a higher quality of life.”

            Representative David Osborne noted, "Balancing growth with preserving our rural character is a difficult task. Lands like this our disappearing quickly and I commend the administration for making this park a priority."  

             “Parks are great recreational areas for families to visit,” stated Representative Rick Rand.  “This park will allow Oldham Countians to enjoy the outdoors while keeping the surrounding areas intact.”

            The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grant funds to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks.  The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by GOLD.