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Gov. Bevin, Kentucky Parks Officials Launch “Refreshing the Finest” Campaign

Kentucky Tourism

Joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland, Gov. Matt Bevin has announced plans for an additional $18 million in funding for the Kentucky State Parks at a press conference held at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

“We have a stunning array of state parks here in Kentucky, but they have become a bit tired,” said Gov. Bevin. “We need to make our parks shine. They are major contributors to the wealth of our state, and could be so much more if they are places people can visit while enjoying the amenities they expect.”

This funding will go towards improving the safety and aesthetics of the parks and includes structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades. The work for the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign will be carried out during 2016 and 2017.

“Kentucky State Parks play an integral part in Kentucky’s economy, contributing $889 million every year,” said Sec. Parkinson. “Thanks to Gov. Bevin and the General Assembly, these parks will receive much needed upgrades.”

The work will include repairs for the swimming pool at Cumberland Falls as well as the replacement of railing at the falls area. Bids must still be sought for most of the park projects.

“This funding will update the appearance and safety of Kentucky State Parks,” Commissioner Holland said.  “We intend to spend this money wisely and do what’s in the best interest of the park system.”

For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit: http://www.parks.ky.gov

(story by Kentucky Cabinet of Tourism, Arts & Heritage)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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