The City of Grayson and Carter Fiscal Court agreed to terms Tuesday on the purchase of a 34-acre parcel of real estate slated for a city park.

Following unanimous consent by Fiscal Court, Grayson will pay $25,000 to purchase the property.

Under the terms of the sale, the proceeds will be allocated to the City of Olive Hill for parks and recreation use.

In addition, the property will be surveyed according to the description found in the current deed to insure that all parties are aware of the specific land boundaries.

“There is a misconception out there that the City of Grayson and county government can’t get along but that’s just not true,” said Grayson Mayor George Steele. “Every time we have worked together on a project, great things have happened.”

Situated adjacent to the county jail, the property has been the source of public discussion for several years dating back to when plans of a park were first undertaken by the former Recreation Alliance.

Playground equipment previously installed on the property was destroyed in a 2007 fire. Since then, the land has been leased by the county on an annual basis for agricultural use.

With the sale, however, Grayson officials and members of the revived Recreation Alliance can move forward with their plans to procure new funding for the construction of a park.

“I want to thank the members of the court for what you’ve done here today. It’s a great thing, not just for Grayson, but for the whole county,” said County Clerk Mike Johnston. “It just goes to show what we can accomplish when we are all in unity.”

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