Saturday, March 26, 2005

New state park is in the works for Kentucky

With a $2 million down payment tucked into the recently passed state budget, Kentucky is on its way to creating a state park at Herrington Lake near Lancaster -- potentially the first addition to the park system since 1997.

The parks department, according to the budget language, can use part of the money to purchase some of the 3,600 acres owned by Kentucky Utilities, which created the lake in 1920.

Rep. Lonnie Napier, a Republican from Lancaster, said the lake is a natural site for a new park because Central Kentuckians already make the trip to Herrington for fishing or for a round of golf at the nearby privately owned Peninsula golf course.

Commerce Secretary Jim Host said he is reserving judgment until he checks out potential resort sites near the lake in the coming weeks. But he said Central Kentucky would be an ideal location for a new park.

If plans for a resort go forward, it would be the first addition to the 17-park system since Dale Hollow Lake State Park opened in 1997. Full story...

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