Gov. Beshear Announces Over $120,000 to Help Improve Parks in Kenton County

Funding will support increased accessibility in Edgewood and Taylor Mill parks

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (June 23, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear presented $120,625 in awards to improve accessibility for Freedom Park and Pride Park in Kenton County.

“Today’s investments in Kenton County will help Kentuckians lead healthier lives,” said Gov. Beshear. “These projects will improve accessibility and allow for more outdoor events that the people of Kenton County can enjoy.”

The funding comes from the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). To receive the funds, which are administered at the state level by the Department for Local Government, selected applicants must undergo federal review and receive approval from the National Park Service.

Freedom Park Recreational Trail Improvements
Gov. Beshear presented a $75,000 check to the City of Edgewood to improve a walking trail at Freedom Park. The project will refurbish an existing .43-mile walking trail with surfacing made from recycled tires. The trail will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines and provide a smoother and softer surface. New access ramps will also be installed. Along the improved walking path are low-impact exercise stations that will be more accessible because of this project.

“As mayor, one of my priorities has always been improvement in our recreational facilities and activities,” said Edgewood Mayor John Link. “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. The second thing it accomplishes is to upgrade an important recreational facility when more people are enjoying outdoor spaces than ever before.”

Pride Park Amphitheater
The Governor also presented $45,625 to the city of Taylor Mill for a project to construct an amphitheater and multi-use pavilion at Pride Park. The new amphitheater will have a 20-by-40-foot stage and an accessible ramp. The amphitheater will be at the base of a tiered hillside to allow easy viewing from multiple locations. The multi-use pavilion will allow 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,” said Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell. “We thank the Department for Local Government and Governor Beshear for this grant.”

About the Land & Water Conservation Fund
The LWCF provides federal grant funds to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation and develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, playfields, swimming facilities, boating and fishing facilities, trails, natural areas and parks.