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Beshear announces $200,000 for Splash Park at Vastwood


Governor Andy Beshear presented a $200,000 check to Judge/Executive Johnny Roberts and Hancock County Fiscal Court Clerk Sage Young. Petrie Young at the Grant Award Announcement on Thursday, September 22 for the construction of a new splash park with a splash pad and new park restroom at Vastwood Park.
Judge Roberts said that the splash park has been approved, but “there is still some paperwork yet to go through and complete” before construction begins.

   “I think our community is very blessed to have a park like Vastwood,” he added. “I do believe that a splash park will be a great enhancement for our community. We don’t have a public pool here or anything locally regarding splash parks, so I think once we can get this completed it’ll be really nice for the community. We are certainly excited about it.”

   Vastwood Splash Park will include a 50’ x 70’ concrete splash pad with many fun water features for children to enjoy. A water reservoir with circulation mechanics (to reduce water waste) and a UV filtration and disinfecting system will also be installed.
A new family restroom will be built adjacent to the splash pad and all electrical lines will be buried underground.
It is one of many projects the General Assembly allocated dollars toward. Every state has been appropriated this funding to help post-covid economic recovery efforts.

   Governor Beshear visited Western Kentucky last week, handing out checks to fund several local projects. In addition to the $200,000 for the Vastwood Splash Park, $1 million was given to rebuild the Ohio County Water District’s intake facility on the Green River, which feeds into a water treatment plant serving 23,000 people; $700,000 went to serve the Kentucky Whiskey Company, a business relocating to Ohio County; almost $200,000 went to building ADA-compliant sidewalks in Leitchfield; and over $124,000 went toward resurfacing Wilson Church Road in Grayson County.
Beshear said that it means a lot to him to spend time on community improvement projects. “I just hope everybody can pause a minute as you’re hearing that negativity, and see all the good things that are going on right now too,” he said. “And have faith that we can get through the tough days, and there are really good days on the other side waiting for us.”
He said this was only possible due to the work of local leaders in the area and that they are grateful at the state level to help them cross that finish line.
Senator Matt Castlen, R-Owensboro, told reporters: “I’m happy for the children and families in Hancock County who can look forward to enjoying the splash pad these awarded federal dollars will provide. Hancock County is a great place for families to call their home. It has so much character and economic opportunity because of its position along the Ohio River. I’m grateful to all the local officials working to make the County an even better place to live.”

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