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City to Celebrate Major Upgrades to Downtown Parks

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Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp invites the public to a ribbon cutting in celebration of significant improvements to the downtown and inner-city parks system.  Join us at Peace Park at the southwest corner of Ninth and Campbell Streets on Tuesday, August 19.  A light lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the ceremony program starting at noon.  Parking is available in the lot behind the park (at 10th and Campbell Streets) or at the L&N Depot. 

Mayor Kemp remarked, “We are excited to see the park renovations coming to life as we work hard to continue offering our residents even more top notch options for outdoor recreation.”  Kemp added, “We are also pleased to see local suppliers and contractors realize a nearly $900,000 participation in the project.”  

Made possible in large part through a $1.5 million Section 108 loan through the Louisville Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the renovation work will cover upgrades at several parks: 

  • Sudden Service Station – $69,728 to spruce up the façade, install decorative gateway signage, relocate utilities, and landscape the property. 
  • Peace Park – $110,499 to remove lesser used tennis courts to make way for seating and tables equipped with chess boards and to restore vintage decorative lighting, benches, and landscaping.
  • Little River Park – $120,591 to upgrade landscaping, restore vintage decorative lighting and benches, and redesign the amphitheater area
  • Virginia Park – $148,252 to emphasize the beauty and glory of the bandstand by restoring the vintage decorative lighting, providing additional seating areas, replacing deteriorated sidewalks, and providing additional landscaping. 
  • Walnut Street Center – $230,185 to expand the park area by constructing a sheltered pavilion, adding walkways throughout the park, installing vintage decorative lighting, benches, and ornamental fencing, and providing an enhanced parking area.
  • Westside Park – $404,046 to make improvements to the park and walking trail along Little River toward the public library, along with installing a new pedestrian bridge over the river connecting the park to the greater trail system. 

The Section 108 loan will be repaid through annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocations to the city. Other project resources include recreational trails program grant funding and money from the Inner City Residential Enterprise Zone. 

Construction within the parks began in November of 2013 and will be completed in August of this year. 

For further information, please contact (270) 887-4285.