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YMCA hopes to expand use of Shepherdsville park for soccer

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Success can lead to issues.

    Issues can lead to concerns or they can lead to solutions.

    Shepherdsville city leaders hope they can find some solutions to the problems the Bullitt County Family YMCA is experiencing due to the continued growth in its soccer program.

    Since 1989, YMCA director June Daugherty said the city has been a partner in allowing recreational activities to be hosted at the Frank Simon Park off Highway 44 West.

    The numbers continue to grow. During fall soccer, the YMCA had 410 participants and another 532 in its spring soccer program.

    Besides the growth in the program, the YMCA will eventually lose the use of the Brooks Elementary facility as a new school is being constructed and the current land is on the sales market.

    Daugherty said she was just looking at options on possibly getting another field prepared for soccer.

    There is also the possibility of using the Shepherdsville Raider football practice field which was built by the city on its parks property along the river.

    Mayor Sherman Tinnell said he didn’t see a problem with doing the site work to get another field prepared. Some additional dirt and seed would be needed for the field, which would be utilized for practices.

    Daugherty said she had spoken to one Raiders official about using the football field and it didn’t seem to be a problem. The football program doesn’t use the facility in the spring and would not need the field on Saturdays in the fall.

    Councilman Don Cundiff saw the arrangement between the city and the YMCA as a win-win situation. Not only does the facility provide a place for sporting activities, Cundiff said it brings a lot of people to the community and many will spend money on food, gas and other items while in Shepherdsville.

    In other business:

    *Retired University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall will be in Shepherdsville on April 16 at 3 p.m.

    A dedication ceremony will be held as Shepherdsville will rename Second Street to Joe B. Hall Street in honor of the coach. His first coaching position was at Shepherdsville High School and he later followed Adolph Rupp as the UK head coach.

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The Bullitt Fiscal Court has an item on the agenda for Tuesday’s 9:30 a.m. meeting to listen to a presentation on a possible merging of parks and YMCA programs. The public is invited to attend. Also, the topic could be brought up  by the public during the first quarterly night forum on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.