County continues upgrades
to its county park
facilities include volleyball court, new buildings
(July 2007) Thanks to the generosity of the
Kentucky General Assembly, badly needed upgrades at the Trimble County
Park are now under way, according to Trimble County Judge-Executive
Randy Stevens. The legislature voted to give the county $250,000 to
renovate the public park.
We actually need about $1 million worth of work
done, but we are thrilled with what we can accomplish with the amount
we have been given, said Stevens.
A new competition-ready sand volleyball court, more restroom facilities
and several new structures have already been added to the 80-acre park.
A 30x55 foot pole barn was erected as a maintenance building. The building
also houses public restrooms. A 16-foot lean-to shed was placed alongside
the maintenance building for equipment.
Two other buildings, including a concessions building, restrooms and
a series of storage buildings for youth leagues, were also added.
We definitely needed those restroom facilities, particularly when
we have the Trimble County Fair and other big events at the park,
The new storage facilities will make it easier and less confusing for
youth leagues to store and find their equipment. Each sport will now
have its own separate storage area.
Two Trimble County construction companies, Ogburn Construction and Houston
Construction, were awarded the contracts to complete the work.
Its nice when local companies can put in competitive bids
and then get the work, said Stevens.
The park also has new ball fields and a football field. While the football
field is functional right now, bleachers still need to be added later.
Lighting will be added to at least one of the ball fields later this
Our biggest challenge is lighting, said Stevens. Lighting
is just budget-eating.
Some of the future plans include a competition horse arena, which is
actually in the works and a lower ball field. There will also be future
walking trails and picnic shelters.
Stevens said the older side of the park is heavily used by youth leagues,
and officials are trying to spread that usage out.
We are really looking to expand into a multi-use facility.
He said. We particularly want to promote our 4-H program and hope
to add a permanent exhibition building.
Although the addition of soccer fields was suggested, officials ruled
that idea out because of the lay of the land. Most of the acreage is
rolling to gently rolling, which would be difficult to develop into
At this point, only about 24 acres of the park have been developed,
but plans are in the works for more additions when funding becomes available.
We have put in numerous grant applications and are working to
find more funding, said Stevens.
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