State parks getting millions more for upgrades

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CARROLLTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State Park system is getting an additional $20 million to make upgrades.

The state says it’s part of the Commonwealth’s ‘Refreshing the Finest’ initiative, which was launched in 2016 with an $18 million investment.

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That money was used for 133 projects, which the state says are nearly complete.

The 2018 General Assembly approved an additional $20 million to replace park lodge roofs, upgrade campgrounds, repair wastewater treatment plants, fix swimming pools and make other necessary facility repairs.

Kentucky State Parks says there is a long list of repairs and upgrades slated for the 49 state parks and 1,800 buildings, including new roofs at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Rough River Dam State Resort Park, and Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

Utility improvements are planned at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, and Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park.

Campgrounds improvements are planned at Barren River Lake, General Burnside State Park, Carter Caves State Resort Park, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, and Lake Cumberland.

Repairs of walls, windows and roofing are also planned at John James Audubon State Park.

According to the state, all 17 resort parks will receive hospitality upgrades that include items such as new furniture, flooring, paint, fixtures and paint.

The state says the improvements have increased business among Kentucky’s state parks, producing a $7.6 million revenue boost in 2018, compared to 2016.

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