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Carrollton RV Park to open April 1

River Walk project gets
financial boost with grant award

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (March 2012) – Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry said he hopes the arrival of spring will bring with it the opening of the long-anticipated Two Rivers RV Park. Rules and regulations are still being worked out, but the project promises to be an asset once it is completed.
“We’re looking at the first of April,” said McMurry in regard to the opening of the park. “We’re going to have locals come in and test it out.”
He said he would prefer locals come in first for a test run and point out any problems rather than out-of-towners, who might be upset if all problems are not ironed out when they arrive.
“This has been a bigger project than anticipated,” he said. “We wanted to do it right.”
Originally, he had hoped to open the park in mid-March. But several things in the master plan had to be altered.
“We ran into problems that we chose to correct in the best way possible to keep the integrity of the RV Park,” he said. When the original plans were altered, this meant additional money was added to the initial estimated cost of $1.5 million. McMurry said the total estimated cost would now be closer to $1.7 million.
The major construction problem that caused a setback was that “we had to elevate above the flood plain,” said McMurry.
As a result, the bathhouse electrical will need to be raised eight feet above the flood plain and the floor raised six feet above the flood plain, work which raised the initial overall cost.
There are still several rules and regulations that need to be developed to run the RV Park. These were discussed at a Feb. 27 City Council meeting. Things to be considered include length of stay, which McMurry said would be limited to a maximum length of 15 days at one time. If wanting to stay longer, campers must leave for a week, and then come back. “We don’t want it to become a trailer park.”
Council members also had to give thought to allowing campers to bring pets, golf carts and firearms. There will be 33 RV camp sites that can be reserved for $35 a night, possibly 10 primitive camping sites in an area to be determined, and free Wi-fi.
Under consideration also is the question of whether the park will be closed any months of the year. “Most RV parks close after Halloween; it’s the last big weekend for RVers,” said McMurry. The park can be closed if the need arises, he said.
A bonus to the RV Park will be the installation of a splash park, estimated at $158,000. The city has applied for grants to cover this cost, said McMurry. “It will be a valuable addition to the park.”
Overall, McMurry said he is “pretty well pleased with the RV Park. I’m satisfied it will be an asset to the community.”
Tying into the Two Rivers RV Park project is the river walk project. “The Carrollton River Walk has long been a desired addition to our downtown and is considered a strategy for economic development,” said Joan Moore, executive director for Carroll County Community Development Corp.
The River Walk is included in Phase II of the Park to Park Trails project, a county-city initiative. It will ultimately connect the city’s Point Park to the state-owned Gen. Butler State Resort Park, and then to the county’s Robert Westrick Memorial Park through land and water trails. Like the Two Rivers RV Park, this project uses Lose & Associates as the principle architects.
The River Walk will connect three miles of land trails with four miles of water routes. The main River Walk trail will be 12 feet wide, beginning at the Two Rivers RV Park on the Kentucky River and ending at the Fifth Street boat ramp on the Ohio River. It will also tie into the Safe Routes to School trail, which connects all public schools through sidewalks.
The City of Carrollton learned in November 2011 that it would receive “a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program grant. These are federal funds that are channeled to the states,” said Moore. In the state of Kentucky, the grant is given through the Department for Local Government.
“The funding will be used to build the River Walk along the Ohio River to the Point and down the Kentucky River,” she said. The original grant application submitted by Moore included fitness trails, native trees and grasses, signage and site furniture.
Moore said these grants “are highly competitive.” It is a matching grant, which means the city must contribute $100,000 of its own money for the project. “The city will match the grant with both funds and labor by the Public Works Department.”
Many special events will be planned that will incorporate the RV Park and the River Walk. A two-day event is already in the works for July 4, said McMurry. This free festival will include vendors, an arts and craft show and booths by local merchants.
“People were upset that we did not have fireworks last year,” he said. “I’m determined to have them this year.”

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