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Madisonville parks getting new additions

Just as summer is about to get started, parks across Madisonville are starting to see new features and activities for the whole family. Among them: new mini golf course and dog park.


Visitors at City Park are hitting the links now, and will hit the pool once it opens.


"It's in pretty good shape. I don't think there's a lot they can do to make it any better,” says Clarence Edwards, visiting City Park from Central City. But they'll also see work on more activities at parks across the city.


"What we're doing here at the parks and at Madisonville all together is build it up,” says Tom Fletcher of Madisonville, who plays golf at City Park’s course.


City officials announced additions of a new mini golf course to be built near the existing 9-hole golf course, plus a splash pad to replace the baby pool at City Park.  Construction already started on a new playground and dog park at Mahr Park a few weeks ago. Beard Park on South Main Street re-opened with improved sidewalks, steps and foundation for the big mad chair, plus a more open look after some trees and shrubs were removed.


Madisonville Mayor David Jackson says many of the improvements at these parks are funded by the restaurant tax put in place a couple of years ago. He adds these improvements could improve quality of life in the city.


"I think it's a good thing. I think if the more they offer, the more people are going to enjoy it and go outside,” says Tim Baxter, originally from Crofton, Kentucky. While many visitors say the new features will help these parks, a few believe Mahr Park could use more activities to fully utilize its potential.


"The only changes I'd make is take the disc golf out there and the miniature golf out there,” Fletcher says.


Mayor Jackson also says renovations were done at Elmer Keller Stadium at City Park, where the stadium was made ADA compliant with new wheelchair ramps, handicap parking spaces, and ADA-friendly restrooms.


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(This story was originally published May 18, 2018)

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