grant to help
establish Butler walking path
will wind around
scenic Gen. Butler lake
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (August 2009) In her role
as Program Services Supervisor for Gen. Butler State Resort Park in
Carrollton, Ky., Tanya Supplee has a vision for the parks trail
system. If she can accomplish her goal of installing a new trail around
Butler Lake, she will also be addressing the concerns of health and
fitness for all those who use the park frequently.
Resort Parks Tanya
and finally obtained
a state matching
grant to establish
new walking trails
at the Carrollton park.
Supplee applied for a federal grant in 2008 and on May
13 was awarded a $25,000 matching grant through the states Recreational
Trails Program. Gen. Butler must match this amount through labor, supplies,
equipment, consulting fees and trail construction, said Supplee, for
a total project cost of $50,000. She is unsure if additional funding
will be needed to complete the project.
My ultimate goal is to create a 1.6-mile, eight-foot shared use
trail thats sustainable, said Supplee. The trail would be
constructed of crushed limestone with landscape borders, include 15-foot
bridges to serve as connectors along the trail and signage. The trail
will be maintained by the park.
When she first applied for the grant in 2007, Supplee said she was told
that the grant passed the reviewing committee and was waiting
on final approval with the Governors Office for Local Development.
But it was denied at that time. Now that the grant has been secured,
Supplee anticipates the project taking one year to complete once the
money is actually allocated.
The Recreational Trails Program provides funding to states to develop
and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both
motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. The program is
an assistance program of the Department of Transportations Federal
Highway Administration and each state administers its own program.
The Recreational Trails Program grants are highly competitive,
said Cindy Lanham, Director of Communications for the Department for
Local Government, which administers the grant money on a state level.
Only about 50 percent or fewer of the applicants are accepted
free program of the Kentucky State Parks system that inspires
hikers to discover Kentucky sights and get fit at the same time.
Goal is to hike 16 trails within a one-year period.
Trails total nearly 40 miles and vary in length and terrain.
Hikers are asked to document their experiences through
photographs at designated photo spots and keep a written journal
of these experiences.
The North Central Region of Kentucky contains three trails
that qualify for the Trail Shape Program: the 1.25-mile Goose
Creek Trail at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville; the
4.5-mile Fossil Trail at Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton;
the one-mile Big Bone Creek Interpretive Trail at Big Bone Lick
State Park in Union, Ky.
Trail maps and park directions can be down loaded from
Kentucky received $1.5 million for the Recreational Trails
Program in 2009.
A projects selection is based on an application and the fact that
the project must meet all program requirements. Projects are considered
based upon what type of recreation they will provide so that funding
is distributed to all types of activities and across the entire state,
said Lanham. The Recreational Trails Advisory Board then reviews all
qualifying applications, prioritizes them, and recommends them to the
Commissioner of the Dept. for Local Government. The governors
office has the final say on which projects receive funding.
Tourism is a vital industry in Kentucky and we are very fortunate
to have one of the premier state park systems in the United States,
said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. This grant will assist
with the development and maintenance of new and existing trails at Gen.
Butler State Resort Park, enhancing its attraction as a destination
for outdoor recreation for Kentuckians and our visitors.
Supplee began to envision a trail project to encircle Butler Lake in
2006 when a local committee was formed to address health and fitness
issues among the youth of Carroll County. The group devised a comprehensive
plan known as A Step in the Right Direction. The committee
was comprised of members from the Carroll County School System, Voc-Tech
& School Board, Carroll County Extension Services, Carroll County
Corrections Center, Boy Scouts, Carroll County 4-H and the Kentucky
Department of Parks.
Supplee had expressed her vision to the committee for
creating a trail that would designate the area around Butler Lake for
recreation, fitness, environmental education and safety,
she said of the area that is widely used by Carroll County residents
and tourists alike. The proposed area for the trail currently offers
boating, fishing, camping and picnicking, said Supplee. The possibilities
and opportunities are endless.
The original committee was formed by Grace Angotti, county agent for
Family and Consumer Sciences for the Carroll County Cooperative Extension
Services. It was a concern at the time that there were not enough
walking areas that were conducive to walking, said Angotti. We
wanted more around the county.
Since that time, efforts have been made by the Extension Services to
support the Butler Lake Greenway Trail project and to promote health
Last October the Second Sunday Initiative Campaign, a state-wide initiative
offered through the Extension Services, held a walk by closing off two
streets in downtown Carrollton with about 100 people participating.
The Second Sunday Initiative Campaign will be held again this year as
well as Winter Walks.
I feel its very important that we provide an area for people
to walk thats conducive to walking, said Angotti. We
need a more walkable community.
County Judge-Executive Harold Shorty Tomlinson said, A
lot of people visit the park and look for things to do. Having
the Butler Lake Trail is a nice aspect for the community, while providing
tourists the opportunity to see the natural beauty of the state park,
Tomlinson, who managed the park for more than eight years, said, People
want to know about the trails. With an emphasis in todays
society on staying healthy, the timing of this project fit like
The county was recently notified that it had received a Recreation and
Trails Grant in the amount of $62,000. This will help expand the countys
trails, Tomlinson said, by tying all the parks together by walking
trails. The loop will connect Point Park, Gen. Butler State Resort
Park and the county park.
The City of Carrollton recently applied for a grant through the school
system for sidewalk improvements. There is a real push across
America for trails and walkways right now, Tomlinson said.
Additional monetary assistance was given to begin the Butler Lake Greenway
Trail project from The Educational Excellence Foundation of Carroll
County. Jeff Fremin pursued a grant of $7,500 for the project that was
awarded funding by Kings Daughters Hospital & Health
Services in Madison, Ind.
Funding from this grant helped fuel the beginning stages of the project,
said Supplee. Clearing of the area, building of bridges and two Eagle
Scout Projects involving a larger bridge and picnic shelter were completed.
The Butler Lake Greenway Trail project also includes restoring and interpreting
historical landmarks built by the Civilian Conservation Corp., developing
land near the trail into an archery range, and constructing an accessible
fishing pier. Completion of the trail project would highlight this
area as a safe non-threat route from lakeside to lakeside and to the
parks existing seven miles of trails, Supplee said.
By making the effort to conserve existing resources, the Butler Lake
Trail Project will adopt a move known as Smart Growth. Established
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Smart Growth is characterized
by the development of walkable communities that give individuals a range
of safe, affordable, convenient choices for leisure or personal needs.
Gen. Butler State Resort Park is comprised of 791 acres of land and
33 acres of lake. It is one of many Kentucky State Parks that offer
a combined 300 miles of hiking trails throughout the state. Hikers who
take advantage of these trails are afforded the opportunity to view
waterfalls, age-old fossils, and various bird and plant species that
were in existence when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Existing trails at the park include the 4.5-mile Fossil Trail. This
is the parks longest trail and takes its name from the ancient
marine fossils found embedded in the thin layers of limestone rock along
the trail. This loop trail crosses and follows open field areas and
takes hikers through old hardwood forests behind the Stone Overlook,
built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp.
For more information, contact Tanya Supplee
at (502) 732-4384, ext. 2412, or via Email at: Tanya.Supplee@ky.gov.
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