Lawrenceburg mayor closes popular downtown park


LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – Concerned by a spike in coronavirus cases across the region, Lawrenceburg Mayor Troy Young has closed the city’s popular downtown park known as Lawrenceburg Green.

“On July 9, 2020, Governor Beshear issued an executive order requiring face coverings in most public places for most people.  That executive order noted that cases of COVID-19 are increasing across the country,” the mayor said in a statement posted to the city’s Web site.

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“The number of cases in Kentucky are likewise increasing, and Anderson County has seen new cases of COVID-19 in the past week,” he continued.

“The City of Lawrenceburg has received several requests to use the Lawrenceburg Green.  The Green is the one place in the city where events draw people by broad and nonspecific invitation. Such gatherings can only increase the likelihood that COVID-19 spreads through our community. Therefore, the Lawrenceburg Green will be closed until further notice,” he concluded.

According to the state’s COVID-19 Web site, Anderson County has had a total of 34 cases since the outbreak began but it, along with several other surrounding counties, have seen a jump in new cases in the last week.

The city describes the park, which includes a pavilion and other features, as “a great location for outdoor community events. With a large, flat grass area, a covered stage, and a covered gazebo, the Green is used for a number of events, including concerts, outdoor movies, and festivals. There are several electrical outlets to power musical equipment, large inflatables, lights, or other items you might need.”

Lawrenceburg, the county seat of Anderson County, has a population of about 11,500.