to have trails in place
for Wendell Moore park project
broke ground July 20 for next phase
Helen E. McKinney
BUCKNER, Ky. (August 2008) For some time,
Greenways for Oldham County has been planning an Interurban Trail System
for the county and its residents to give them a healthy option for recreational
use. The organization broke ground July 20 for an extension of this,
the Wendell Moore Park Recreational Trail, that will provide walking,
jogging and bicycle riding options.
Sen. Ernie Harris chats
with citizens during the July 20
Phase I of this project, the engineering phase, will consist
of 2.5 miles of crushed limestone trails when completed later this summer.
Trails will be 10 feet wide.
Phase II will include a section running to the Senior Center Loop and
the rehabilitation of an existing trail. Two foot bridges need to be
funded and constructed in the future to complete the final design stage.
Once finished, there will be 3.35 miles of trails that will eventually
link to the Commerce Parkway segment of the Oldham County Interurban
Planned are three multi-use trails measuring 1/4 mile, a half mile and
one mile. These trails will overlap at a common starting point and link
to parking areas.
Greenways will provide the bulk of the funding for this project, with
Oldham County Parks and Recreation and the Oldham County Road Department
providing equipment and manpower needed to construct the trails.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held July 20 at Wendell Moore Park in
Buckner. A picnic kicked off the event at 1 p.m. with the groundbreaking
ceremony following at 2 p.m. Attendees included State Sen. Ernie Harris,
Magistrates Steve Greenwell and David Voegele, Judge-Executive Duane
Murner, Deputy Judge-Executive Paula Gish, and Congressman Geoff Davis
local representative Christina Poole.
In addition to Greenways and the Oldham County Government, some of the
many local businesses and organizations are contributing to this project.
Scott-Klausing & Co. architectural firm is responsible for overseeing
management of the project and offering design services. Garber-Chilton
Engineer and Land Surveyors is providing engineering and surveying support.
Oldham County Stone has offered to provide crushed stone at a discounted
price. Oldham Ahead has pledged its support to the project.
Greenways has initiated a tax-deductible Adopt-A-Bench fundraising
program. Sponsors can purchase a high-quality, low maintenance bench
for about $2,000 and dedicate it to the memory of a special loved one
while aiding the trail project at the same time.
President Ashli Collins
speaks at the recent groundbreaking
ceremony in Buckner.
Benches will be placed throughout the trail and park area.
Proceeds will also be used for construction costs and procurement of
other park amenities, such as trash receptacles and landscaping.
Greenways President Ashli Collins is asking members to donate the following
if possible: landscaping materials, time and design ideas, picnic tables,
a gazebo, and help designing and constructing trail signs and markings.
Greenways has received a substantial financial boost to the Oldham County
Interurban Trail System. According to Emily Liu, Assistant Director
for Oldham County Planning and Zoning, an agreement has been received
on a $625,000 grant ($500,000 in federal funding and $125,000 in local
funding) for the Commerce Parkway Trail segment of the project. Oldham
County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to accept this agreement at
its July 1 meeting. Planning and Zoning has spearheaded this grant effort
for some time.
Fiscal Court was also asked to recognize the contribution that Greenways
for Oldham County has agreed to make in the amount of $49,150 toward
the local match requirement.
The next step is to send out bid requests for construction of the first
phase of the Commerce Parkway Trail segment. This phase extends from
Oldham 8 Plaza to Allen Lane.
The City of La Grange has agreed to provide the asphalt needs, which
are valued at more than $40,000, for the portion of trails within the
City of La Grange, said Liu. Fiscal Court has budgeted $36,600 in the
fiscal year, which began July 1.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Commerce Parkway Trail is planned
for early September, and those involved hope construction will be complete
by November 2008.
This is an exciting time for Greenways and hopefully all those
who have graciously contributed over the years will be able to enjoy
what their dollars have made happen, said Collins.
For more information, or to find out how
to contribute or donate to the Oldham County Interurban Trail System,
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