The Carter County Recreational Alliance has unveiled plans for development of an expansive athletic facility and park in Grayson.
The Carter County Sports Complex will feature several youth baseball and softball fields, as well as three soccer fields, a football field and a skateboard park.
The park will be encircled by bicycle and walking tracks as well.
The first phase of development involves applying for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant in the amount of $75,000 to begin the preliminary work.
“We want to do the things to set the stage for the park, such as earthmoving for all the fields, laying seed, installing drainage and putting in fencing,” said Mindy Woods-Click, member of the Recreational Alliance.
The grant requires a match from local government and recreation organizations.
To assist in procuring the funds, the City of Grayson has pledged $25,000 and Fiscal Court will add $30,000.
Those figures don't represent actual dollars spent, however, as the matching funds can be calculated by using “in-kind” labor and equipment.
For example, all of the Fiscal Court's support will be free labor and use of equipment for site preparation.
The Recreational Alliance also is donating $20,000 in cash to complete the full match.
During last Tuesday's Grayson City Council meeting, Mayor George Steele revealed promising future plans for the park if construction can be completed in a timely manner.
“If we can get this thing up and running in time, we've been promised the Kentucky Little League Championship Tournament in 2019,” the mayor said.
The 34-acre park property was acquired by the City of Grayson last year after a long negotiation process with Fiscal Court.
The city and the Fiscal Court came to terms on a purchase agreement of $25,000 for the property with the proceeds of the sale to be given to the City of Olive Hill for its recreation needs.
For more information about the Recreational Alliance or the Sports Complex, contact Whitney Morrow at 474-8866.