Date of release: December 18, 2018
The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department is inviting the public to attend two ceremonies to celebrate new features for the Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park. The ceremonies will be Friday, December 21 at 10 a.m. at the park which is located at 421 North 13th Street in the historic Fountain Avenue Neighborhood.
A ribbon cutting will be held to celebrate the completion of the Challenge Course, a fitness area with interesting pieces of equipment that challenge agility, balance, and strength. The City of Paducah partnered with the Rotary Club of Paducah for the creation of the Challenge Course.
Rotary Club of Paducah Past President Melanie McNeill said, “Since its opening in 2017, the Health Park has been a great asset to the community and enjoyed by many youth, families, and seniors. The second phase will expand the park’s offerings to make it an even more fun and healthy destination. We are grateful for all of the community partners who worked with the Rotary Club of Paducah to make this park a reality.”
In addition to the ribbon cutting, the City of Paducah will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the splash pad and restroom facility. Mrs. Pat Brockenborough donated $500,000 to be used for these amenities.
The first phase of the Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park was completed in 2017 with a ribbon cutting celebration held August 1, 2017. The first phase included the installation of the rubberized safety surface at the Paducah Rotary Playground, grading and resurfacing of the grassy lawn area, expansion of the Community Garden along with the installation of a 1/3 mile walking trail, a fitness area, lighting, landscaping, water fountains, and benches.
For this park, the City of Paducah partnered with United Way of Paducah-McCracken County, Lourdes Hospital, Baptist Health Paducah, Rotary Club of Paducah, Purchase District Health Department, Healthy Paducah Chapter of the Purchase Connections for Health Coalition, and Paducah Independent Schools. Grants through the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Land & Water Conservation Fund, and the State Recreation Trails Program in addition to donations have provided more than $1.1 million for this Park.
For more information about the Health Park, visit http://paducahky.gov/pat-jim-brockenborough-rotary-health-park.