Gov. Beshear announces funding for Edgewood trail, Taylor Mill amphitheater

Kenton Hornbeck
Kenton Hornbeck
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Edgewood’s city motto is “where everyday is a walk in the park.” After Thursday, Freedom Park in Edgewood will receive key funding to improve a popular walking trail.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Thursday that two Kenton County parks would receive over $120,000 from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear spoke at the Edgewood City Building, along with Rep. Mark Hart (R-Falmouth), Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger), Rep. Buddy Wheatley (D-Covington) and Edgewood and Taylor Mill city leadership.

In order to receive funding from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund, selected applicants must undergo a review and receive approval from the National Park Service. The Fund provides federal grants to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation and develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities

Freedom Park in Edgewood received $75,000 to repair a dilapidated walking trail. 

From L to R: Rep. Mark Hart, Rep. Adam Koenig, Mayor John Link, Gov. Andy Beshear, Hannah Centers, Rep. Buddy Wheatley. Photo by Kenton Hornbeck.

“Upgrading 2,000 feet of walking path that is heavily trafficked is really important,” Beshear said. “The path in its current state is really hard for many Kentuckians to use and that’s unacceptable.”

The money will revive the surface of a 0.43-mile walking trail with recycled tires. The trail will be compliant to the guidelines of the Americans With Disabilities Act to provide a smoother walking surface. Ramps will be installed along the trail. The improved trail will provide more access to low impact exercise equipment.

“As mayor, one of my priorities has always been improvement in our recreational facilities and activities,” Edgewood Mayor John Link said. “The Land & Water Conservation Fund award for the Freedom Park Recreational Trail project accomplishes that priority by first making sure we have an all-inclusive trail system that everyone of all capabilities can enjoy.”

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Beshear was also presented with a key to the City of Edgewood by Mayor Link.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (R) receiving a key to the City of Edgewood by Mayor John Link (L). Photo by Kenton Hornbeck.

Pride Park in Taylor Mill received $45,625 to construct an amphitheater and multi-use pavilion.

From L to R: Rep. Mark Hart, Rep. Adam Koenig, Gov. Andy Beshear, Brian Haney, Caroline Braden, Rep. Buddy Wheatley. Photo by Kenton Hornbeck.

‘With the construction of the new amphitheater, folks can come and catch a concert at an outdoor theater and local high school bands will be able to play in their community, for their community,” Beshear said.

The amphitheater will have a 20-by-40-foot stage and an accessible ramp. It will be built at the base of a tiered hillside to allow easy viewing of the stage from multiple angles. The multi-use pavilion will feature space for educational seminars and a farmer’s market. 

“The Taylor Mill commission is extremely honored to receive this LWCF grant which will go toward providing an outdoor recreation opportunity for Taylor Mill and Kenton County residents,” Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell said.

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