Parks panel wants input, cooperation from cities

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - To get a better handle on what parks activities are currently being held throughout the area, the Bullitt County Parks Committee will seek input from the various municipalities.

At its next meeting on Feb. 20, chairman Bill Cahaney hopes to have representatives from the various cities present to talk about the recreational activities they currently provide.

Rudy Hawkins, who oversees the county’s facilities, said he would contact the representatives to see if they could attend.

Lebanon Junction has recently announced plans to look at improvements to its parks facility.

The city of Hillview is looking to apply for a grant to help fund a small skate park outside its community center. It also has a full-time parks director.

Mount Washington could also be in line for a skate park through the efforts of a private organization. It also has a pair of parks directors and several facilities.

Shepherdsville has a pair of city parks and also possesses a walking trail in the Cedar Grove Business Park.

The county maintains three swimming pools and has a park behind Maryville Elementary.

The parks board talked previously about getting a more coordinated effort and to also better understand what the cities are offering.

In other business:

*Committee member Jim White said a solicitation for comments on the parks system and any requests included just a single response.

The respondent said more walking trails were needed in the county.

County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts recommended the group look at a possible walking trail along Highway 245 as part of the Bourbon Trail.

*Hawkins said a “to do” list would be formulated for the three swimming pools. This will be handy as the county leaders are nearing the time the budget is prepared for the next fiscal year.

The next meeting of the Bullitt County Parks Committee will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.