Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Funding for Spencer County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $60,250 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for Spencer County.  The grant will be used for the Spencer County Community Park.  Senator Gary Tapp, Representative Milward Dedman, Jr., Representative David Floyd and Representative Brad Montell were on-hand to present the check to Spencer County Judge/Executive David Jenkins.

            Funds will be used to construct an observation tower equipped with restrooms, a concession area, a service room and a storage area.

            “This funding will add amenities to the Spencer County Community Park, making it a more attractive place for residents to visit,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Additionally, revenue generated from the concession area will provide funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the park.”

             “These additions will make it possible for the Spencer County Community Park to host events such as district or regional tournament games,” Senator Gary Tapp (R-Waddy) said.  “By hosting such events, Spencer County will be able to bring outside revenue into their economy.”

            Representative Milward Dedman, Jr. (R-Harrodsburg) said, “Sports not only introduce children to important social lessons such as teamwork and preparation, it also allows children the opportunity to be physically active in a fun setting.  Spencer County youth will benefit greatly from these park improvements.”

            Kentucky faces some serious health issues, so it's vital to the well-being of our citizens that they have a safe place where families can exercise," stated Representative David Floyd (R-Bardstown). "I think it's great that Spencer County families will have these improvements to their community park."

            Representative Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) noted, “Presently, there are no accommodations at the park for meetings with soccer and baseball association members.  These upgrades will enhance the quality of sporting opportunities for Spencer County athletics.” 

            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.