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'Build a better Kentucky': 3 Jefferson County parks receive funding to improve accessibility, relax areas

The three parks are Jefferson Memorial Forest in Fairdale, Little Hunting Creek Park in Prospect and Wetherby Park in Middletown.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky governor presented additional funding to three parks in Jefferson County to not only improve them but to enhance accessibility.

The three parks are Jefferson Memorial Forest in Fairdale, Little Hunting Creek Park in Prospect and Wetherby Park in Middletown according to the press release.

Gov. Andy Beshear said the projects benefits parks that serve all of Jefferson County.

“With today’s awards, we are continuing to build a better Kentucky by making sure our recreational spaces are safe and accessible for all Kentucky families,” said Beshear.

The funds from the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) total $359,146.

Jefferson Memorial Forest received a $200,000 grant, and plans to construct a 3,960-foot-long paved path that will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additional parking and renovating a picnic area to be more accessible are also planned according to the press release.

Little Hunting Creek Park received a $110,000 grant, and plans to use the funding to build a pavilion, picnic areas, a playground, walking trails and bench areas.

Prospect Mayor John Evans said the playground at Little Hunting Creek Park will be bought by the city, but volunteers will assemble it.

Wetherby Park received a $49,146 grant, and wants to add playground equipment, parking and benches. Middletown Mayor J. Byron Chapman said by enhancing the amenities at the park, it becomes a destination for every family to enjoy.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said a noticeable theme that runs through all three grants is "a civic commitment to conservation and equity."

"That commitment is shared by the Governor and my fellow mayors who strive to make the outdoors more amenable to everyone,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

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