Pictured from left to right: Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder, City Manager Jeff Pederson, Rep. Gerald Watkins, Mayor Gayle Kaler, Parks Director Mark Thompson, Planning Director Steve Ervin
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Office of the Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Department for Local Government Announces $75,000 Grant for Paducah Multiuse Park
Grant to help develop former blighted tracts into 6.24-acre park
PADUCAH, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2014) – Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder joined local officials today to announce a $75,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant to help fund Phase I of a multiuse park in Paducah.
The funding will allow the city of Paducah to complete the excavation and grading necessary to develop a two-block section between 13th and 14th streets, formerly home to 28 blighted residential tracts. Once completed, the 14th Street Park will feature a walking path, fountain park, play fields, community garden and picnic areas, boosting residents’ overall health and welfare.
“Our LCWF funding helps improve recreational projects and provide Kentuckians safe spaces to be active, go camping, play sports and live overall healthier lifestyles,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Parks and recreational facilities like the 14th Street Park are important to enhancing the quality of life in our Kentucky communities.”
“Safe, clean, local parks are an important addition to any thriving community,” said DLG Commissioner Wilder. “Thanks to this LCWF funding, the city of Paducah will repurpose the blighted property to enhance the area’s appeal and offer residents a sound place to enjoy outdoor city living.”
The LWCF is a grant matching reimbursement program for the development and maintenance of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities, such as campgrounds, sports and playfields, swimming and fishing areas, boating facilities and trails.
“This grant will be a tremendous help in bringing this section of the city the kind of park that local residents need and deserve,” said Rep. Gerald Watkins, of Paducah. “I want to thank Gov. Beshear and his administration for making this money available and for working with our city leaders on this project.”
“The city of Paducah is grateful for this Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. The 14th Street Park is a diamond in the rough. It’s a wonderful green area adjacent to the city’s Fountain Avenue Neighborhood Revitalization Project,” said Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler. “This grant will enable us to begin the development of a great space for families to enjoy the great outdoors right in their own backyard.”
In addition to the LWCF grant, the City of Paducah will contribute just under $86,000 in cash and in-kind services for the completion of Phase I, which is estimated to cost $160,925.
Funding for this program is allocated to the Kentucky Department for Local Government by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of Interior. Cities, counties, state and federal agencies are eligible to apply.