Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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June 20, 2014

Officials seek money to improve Thomas Doyle Recreation Park

CAVE CITY — The city of Cave City is seeking about $18,000 in U.S. Land and Water Fund grants in hopes of making improvements at the Thomas Doyle Recreation Park.

The park is essentially a grassy area with a walking trail around its perimeter, but city officials would like to develop the park into something more.

“We just need green space here for people to use,” said Cami Bush, community development director, who prepared the grant application with help from officials with the Barren River Area Development District.

“I would love to see things like ball courts and things of that nature to get our kids outside,” she said. “Our teenagers at this point have no place to hang out; no place to go and do things.

“In the summer time, people are just dying to play ball and do team play and socialize and that sort of thing. This is what this will provide. It will give them the safe space to go and do that.”

In the grant application, Bush asked for funding for equipment to develop ballfields at the park, such as pitching mounds, dirt stamps, fencing, bases and bleachers.

The creation of fields could attract tournaments to the city and boost the local economy, she said.

The grant will require a 50 percent match from the city.

“Cami’s done a tremendous job in working with BRADD (on the grant),” said Mayor Dwayne Hatcher. “We have submitted a grant and we are looking at early fall, hopefully, to hear back from that. We’ve got our fingers crossed.”

The city has already made some improvements at the park, Hatcher said.

“Our walking trail is in good shape. We are keeping it mowed and cleaned up, which makes it look a lot better. We’ve started some fencing on the back side,” he said. “Of course we are hoping to have some ballfields and that will take a little time, but soon I hope.”  

Hatcher hopes to have playground equipment installed at the park within the next few months.

The city purchased the playground equipment when T.J. Samson Community Hospital closed its day care facility in Cave City.

The city has a small playground at the Roy “Dickie” Reynolds Park at the corner of Duke and Broadway streets, but Bush said it’s not very big.

The one being developed at the Thomas Doyle Recreation Park will be larger, she said.

The development of the park will not only provide residents with a place to go for recreation, but it will be an asset the city can use when talking to prospective business and industry recruiters.

“When they come to look at a place, they want to know those things are in place. They want to know the infrastructure is solid, but they also want to know about recreation; what are their kids going to do when they locate here,” Bush said. “This will provide that. The park is a really good thing. I think it’s a good project the city needs.”

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