Today Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp announced construction is slated to begin on the Downtown & Inner-City Park Improvement Project the week of November 11, 2013.
Mayor Kemp stated, “We are so excited to see this construction work begin as we continue to showcase improvements in the Downtown Renaissance District and Inner-City REZ neighborhoods. Improvements at these parks assist in providing connectivity between neighborhoods and public spaces while aligning perfectly with our local healthy community initiatives. We are fortunate to be utilizing a Community Development Block Grant Section 108 Loan and a Recreational Trails Program grant to finance the improvements. Design and engineering work has been provided by M2D/Element Design of Lexington and Bell Engineering of Hopkinsville. Construction will be undertaken by Southwinds Contracting of Hopkinsville and Scott and Murphy of Bowling Green. We’re pleased to be working with many area businesses as we continue to enhance the quality of life for our residents.”
For safety reasons, the parks will be closed to public use during construction. Construction is scheduled to begin November 11, 2013 in Westside Park and in the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library Amphitheatre Park. These 2 parks will remain closed until further notice. A press release will be issued upon completion of construction. Observance of the park closures is greatly appreciated.
Subsequent press releases will be issued to notify the public of the closure of the remaining parks as the construction start dates draw nearer. Future construction involves improvements at Virginia Park, Peace Park, the Sudden Service Station, and the Walnut Street Center Park.
Scheduled work at Westside Park includes the installation of a pedestrian bridge to connect with the Hopkinsville Greenway System 5K Rail Trail project, installation of historic decorative lighting and additional benches. Work at the Library Amphitheatre includes renovation of the amphitheatre, installation of historic decorative lighting and benches, landscaping, and installation of lighting along the downtown riverwalk between the amphitheatre and the pedestrian bridge.
For additional information, contact (270) 890-0200.