BEDFORD, Ky. (June 2004) Trimble County residents will have
less mud to contend with should rainy weather dampen festivities during
the county fair June 22-26. The midway this year will be moved to
the north side of the park, allowing rides and other attractions to
be on or adjacent to pavement. A 400-amp electrical service will be
installed to service the new area.
by Ruth Wright
Co. Judge-Executive Randy Stevens
A new spot for the fair and other changes are part of what county
officials hope will make Trimble County Park the place to be for activities
everything from fairs to sporting events. Theres
good things happening, said Judge-Executive Randy Stevens. These
include ideas for the park proposed in a master plan drafted by Strand
Associates Inc. of Lexington, Ky.
Fiscal Court paid Strand $3,500 to draft the plan, which will be used
to help solicit grant and other funds and will guide future improvements,
according to Stevens. The fee was covered in part by a $1,500 donation
Included in the plan is proposed expansion to the north and northeast
of current facilities. Among the amenities suggested for the area
are two adult-sized baseball fields, two sand volleyball
courts, a football field, an additional concession stand and restrooms,
a toddler playground, a tractor-pull pit, a horse area, a maintenance
barn and group pavilion.
Also proposed is additional parking on either side of what is now
entrance two, and a third entrance, which will divert automobiles
away from the ball fields where pedestrian traffic is heavy. A half-mile
walking trail, for which a federal grant may be available, is proposed
for the wooded and hilly section of the park.
Even though not all of the proposed improvements will happen immediately,
At least well know where its going to go when it
goes in, said Stevens.
The sand volleyball courts will likely be the first improvements this
year, and by next year Stevens hopes to add two adult-sized ball fields
and a football field for the countys youth league, which is
very popular, he said. Also in the works is a 40x50-foot auction shed
for livestock located next to the stalls, for which a $10,000 bid
has already been accepted.
Of the parks 105 acres, just 25 are currently developed, which
means there is plenty of room for additions and improvements. But
in order to make sure everything is done to the satisfaction of county
residents, We have to approach this in a well-thought out manner,
The countys proposed budget, which Stevens hopes will be adopted
well before the states July 1 deadline, this year includes $50,000
for improvements at the park. Hopefully that will be matched
Stevens plans to pursue sponsorship, grants and other private funding
for the park so that improvements can be made without putting extra
burden on taxpayers. Finding those, however, will take some time.
We need revenue sources and we need patience, he said.
Although ahead of schedule, county officials were careful in planning
the budget, Stevens stressed.
This budget wasnt whipped together, Stevens said,
adding that it came in $200,000 less than last years budget.
In addition to park improvements, other expenditures for the county
will include in its budget renovation of a former Catholic church
building on Hwy. 421 to be used for ambulance service headquarters.
Last year for the first time the county budget included employment
of the first full-time park attendee, Billy Temple. Also hired part-time
was Michael Shelley.