RV Park to open April 1
Walk project gets
financial boost with grant award
Helen E. McKinney
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.
Were looking at the first of April, said McMurry in
regard to the opening of the park. Were 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
dont 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;
its 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.
Im 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
The River Walk is included in Phase II of the Park to Park Trails project,
a county-city initiative. It will ultimately connect the citys
Point Park to the state-owned Gen. Butler State Resort Park, and then
to the countys 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. Im determined to have them this year.
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