Additional Park Funding Will Refresh the Nation’s Finest Parks

Frankfort, KY (May 9, 2016)—The budget approved by Gov. Matt Bevin includes $18 million in additional funding to improve the safety and aesthetics of Kentucky State Parks.


This funding will help Kentucky restore the finest state parks system in the nation, repair aging infrastructure, protect public safety and strengthen Kentucky’s $13 billion per year tourism industry.


Kentucky State Parks has started work on nearly 20 parks. This work includes structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades.


“We are incredibly grateful for Gov. Bevin’s unwavering support of Kentucky State Parks, as well as the Kentucky General Assembly’,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet which oversees all of the Commonwealth’s 49 state parks. “This important funding will enable Kentucky State Parks to remain the nation’s finest.”


“This funding will go a long way in updating Kentucky State Parks,” said Parks Commissioner of Kentucky State Parks Donnie Holland. “We look forward to refreshing the parks to their former glory.”


The Department of Parks is reviewing projects to determine which ones can be completed with the additional funding.


For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov




Contact: Gil Lawson, gil.lawson@ky.gov

502-564-8110, ext. 168

(c) 502-382-6596



The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks


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