Gov. Bevin, Kentucky Parks Officials Launch “Refreshing the Finest” campaign

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage



Matthew G. Bevin, Governor

Don Parkinson, Secretary



For Immediate Release          

Contacts: Garry Gupton, 502-382-6463

Laura Brooks, 502-229-4412

Editor’s note: View the full press conference here.

Gov. Bevin, Kentucky Parks Officials Launch
“Refreshing the Finest” campaign

$18 million in funding provided to improve safety and aesthetics of the parks

CORBIN, Ky. (June 2, 2016) – Joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland, Gov. Matt Bevin today announced plans for an additional $18 million in funding for the Kentucky State Parks at a press conference held at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

“We have a stunning array of state parks here in Kentucky, but they have become a bit tired,” said Gov. Bevin. “We need to make our parks shine. They are major contributors to the wealth of our state, and could be so much more if they are places people can visit while enjoying the amenities they expect.”

This funding will go towards improving the safety and aesthetics of the parks and includes structural repairs, painting and interior and exterior upgrades. The work for the “Refreshing the Finest” campaign will be carried out during 2016 and 2017.

“Kentucky State Parks play an integral part in Kentucky’s economy, contributing $889 million every year,” said Sec. Parkinson. “Thanks to Gov. Bevin and the General Assembly, these parks will receive much needed upgrades.”

The work will include repairs for the swimming pool at Cumberland Falls as well as the replacement of railing at the falls area. Bids must still be sought for most of the park projects.

“This funding will update the aesthetics and safety of Kentucky State Parks,” Commissioner Holland said.  “We intend to spend this money wisely and do what’s in the best interest of the park system.”

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




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