Kentucky parks using partnerships to make needed repairs

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Parks are suffering from $240 million in deferred maintenance, but a partnership with local communities is helping to turn things around.

Kentucky Today reports Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland told state lawmakers about the improvements at a committee meeting on Friday.

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Holland said the partnerships began in 2010. They include My Old Kentucky Home, where Nelson County Fiscal Court made repairs to the amphitheater, which had been closed for structural and electrical problems.

Other partnerships include Kentucky Dam Village, where Calvert City took over the airport and made improvements to win federal approval, and Lake Malone, where a local charity paid to replace a dilapidated dock.

Holland noted that Kentucky is not the worst for deferred park maintenance – some states’ needs come to more than a billion dollars.

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