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Recreational rehab

Trimble County continues upgrades
to its county park

New facilities include volleyball court, new buildings

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(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.

Trimble County Future Park Development

“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,” said Stevens.
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.
“It’s 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 year.
“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 soccer fields.
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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