By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Aug. 28, 2013 — County Jailer R.W. Boggs and County Attorney Patrick Flannery Monday unveiled a proposal to install two splash parks in the county.
The announcement came during a recreational planning session at the UK Agricultural Extension Complex in Grayson, the first of several meetings stemming from the recent Community Partner's Summit.
A splash park is a water play area that does not have any standing water. Ideally, this eliminates the need for lifeguards or other supervision because there is no risk of drowning.
As for the project's funding, Flannery feels this is a project that county citizens should get behind and fund on their own rather than seeking outside help.
“We do not need to always be looking for a government grant to get something in our communities. Everyone wants to improve our county and this is a small step we can do on our own,” said Flannery.
“I think the community can raise the funds through private and business cooperation,” he added.
The project would place splash parks on both sides of the county, presumably one in Grayson and one in Olive Hill. Mayors George Steele and Kenny Fankell both have expressed support for the project.
The initiative is still in the early stages of development but seems to have many hurdles jumped.
“We already have been pledged the installation of these parks at no cost to the county,” said Boggs. ‘The money needed to be raised is for the actual equipment and recirculation systems. There needs to be approximately $100,000 raised to get them both installed.”
According to Boggs, a smaller scale park in Ironton, Ohio, came with a price tag of about $300,000 – with the major cost being installation.
Both Flannery and Boggs have indicated that they plan to attend the next City Council meetings for both cities as representatives of the recreation committee to continue talks on the project.
An oversight board for the project is also being assembled, as well as a Facebook page for giving updates, to further the fund raising efforts and to keep the community informed about the project's progress.
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