Governor Beshear Awards $250,000 Grant to Woodford County Fiscal Court

- 03/09/2020

Governor Beshear Awards $250,000 Grant to Woodford County Fiscal Court
Project will update tennis courts at local park

Versailles, Ky. (March 6, 2020) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Dennis Keene announced a $250,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant to the Woodford County Fiscal Court for tennis court reconstruction at Woodford County Park.

Currently, the courts are unusable due to age and regular wear and tear. The county will use the funding to make critical renovations to correct deep cracks, dead spots and dislodged, crooked posts, which will make the courts operational once again.

“It is important to have functional community parks where Kentuckians can exercise and spend time with family and friends,” said Gov. Beshear. “I am so excited the families of Woodford County will have new tennis courts to use together for years to come.”

This grant is part of a $645,000 total project, which includes the removal of fences, milling and rebuilding the courts and adding ADA compliant sidewalks, gates and viewer-friendly fencing.

“Woodford County and our partners at the City of Versailles, Woodford County Schools and our Parks and Recreation truly appreciate Gov. Andy Beshear's leadership and commitment to Woodford County,” said Judge Executive James Kay. “We thank Commissioner Dennis Keene and the Department for Local Government team for helping us make our community tennis courts at the county park ADA accessible and restored for our citizens to use and enjoy.”

Commissioner Keene explained how important parks are for developing community bonds.

“Creating spaces for gathering, socializing and friendly competition can bring our community members together in a unique way,” said Commissioner Keene. “With the help of this grant, I am glad Woodford County will have a place to do just that.”

Sen. Julian Carroll expressed excitement for the Woodford County Park updates.

“This Land and Water Conservation Fund grant will brighten and uplift Woodford County Park as a whole,” said Sen. Carroll of Frankfort. “It will give tennis players and park visitors a great venue to enjoy the outdoors, and provide needed upgrades to the park. I thank Gov. Beshear and his administration for their work in making this a reality.”

“These tennis courts have been a great asset to our community for years, so I’m certainly pleased to see that they will get needed upgrades,” said state Rep. Joe Graviss of Versailles. “I want to thank Gov. Beshear, the Department for Local Government and the Woodford County Fiscal Court for working together on this project. I know many families are looking forward to the day when this work is complete.”

Since taking office, Gov. Beshear has presented over $16 million in grant funding to 19 communities across the Commonwealth. Local governments will use the funding to build a nature preserve at Lotus sexual assault and child abuse advocacy center in Paducah, rehabilitate the sewer system in Dawson Springs, construct a new fire station in Murray, make the Janice Mason Art Museum ADA accessible in Cadiz, update the Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport in Morehead, add a terminal at the Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah, aid in the creation of a nursing education program at Pikeville Medical Center, update waterlines in Hazard, Jackson and Whitesburg, modernize the Perry Building in Perry County and improve parks in Dayton, Bromley, Covington, Wilder, Morehead, Sandy Hook and Louisa.



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