By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor It was not the prettiest of days Friday as a group of more than 60 gathered at the site of the new Kentucky River Park and Recreation Center at Wisemans Crossing.
The rain poured but it didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits as the parks and recreation board President Scott Jones spoke proudly about the improvements that have already been made on the land.
“We have moved 46,000 cubic yards of earth, used more than 2,000 tons of crushed stone, installed 480 square feet of retaining wall, used 170 feet of drainage pipe, 275 tons of asphalt paving and built four wooden walk bridges,” he said.
He continued by telling the crowd that the board had spent two grants totaling $125,000.
“All the work was done by volunteers and county workers,” he said. “If we had contracted the work out, it would have cost more than $400,000.”
Several dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the official opening and ribbon cutting. They included 96th District Representative Ted Edmonds, Department of Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder, Estill Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor, Irvine Mayor Ernest Farmer, Chamber of Commerce President Regina Robertson, Citizens Guaranty Bank Chief Executive Officer Kathy Samples and 23rd District Judge William Bo Leach.
Estill Development Alliance/ Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joe Crawford was one of the speakers. Chamber member services director Demmie Shuler organized the event.
Parks board members Kim Dawes, Teresa Dawes, Teresa Sparks, Judge Taylor and Renee Alexander helped to cut the ribbon along with the other dignitaries.
Also attending was Laura Littleton of Bluegrass Area Development District who Taylor said helped the parks board with grant writing.
The group as a whole was impressed with the progress that has been made and the ongoing work on the park.