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Park gets walking trail grant

Photo by Greg Bird
The walking trail at the park will get a new look this summer thanks to a grant paying for re-paving the walkway.


By Greg Bird

Melissa Vanover, McCreary County Park Director, announced this week that the park has been awarded a $14,000 grant to improve the walking trails in the park area. Vanover stated she had applied for, and received a grant through the Lake Cumberland Health District to improve and repave the walking trails at the park.
The funding will be used to re-pave the nearly 1-mile walking track located at the park in Whitley City with a chip and seal finish.
According to Vanover the trails, which encircle the ball fields and meander down the western slope behind the main parking area, are a healthy benefit to the community. The safe and accessible trails provide good cardiovascular exercise and are available to the public whenever the park is open.
The grant award will be used to purchase the materials for track and the McCreary County Road Department will provide in-kind work on the project to complete the project. Work is expected to be completed on the trails before the end of summer.
The Park will also be hosting their annual Easter in the Park event on Saturday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens building.
In addition to the ever popular egg hunt the event will also feature free food, inflatables, face painting, a DJ, ice cream truck and more.
For more information on the event please contact the park at 376-7275.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky will continue their work in McCreary County this summer, but will focus on repair work in the county this year.
One project, Vanover said, will be working at the Sandhill Camp, repairing structures, such as the shelter and playground, and restrooms.
If anyone wants to contribute to the fellowship’s work, or would like to submit an application for repair work they are asked to contact Missionary Scarlette Jasper with Olive Branch Ministries at 606-305-3134 or

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