Lions Club donates land to county, library

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By Glypie Grider

Ownership of Belknap Community Park, a 25-acre “green space” on Hwy. 42, officially transferred from the North Oldham Lions Club to the Oldham County Fiscal Court this week. 

Six acres will go to Oldham County Public Library, said Bob Leslie, magistrate for District 3 and chair of the county’s park committee.

“This is a win-win situation for Oldham County and our library,” Leslie said, noting that there is not a publicly-owned park in the northwest part of the county.

Discussions related to the development and maintenance of Belknap Park have been ongoing for about a decade, Leslie said.

“I think the cost of maintaining the property ultimately took away from the club’s time and purpose of helping individuals with visual impairments,” Leslie said. 

“We’re thrilled to accept this property,” he said.

County officials will solicit bids for development of the “passive park” starting next month. 

The park committee will work on updating existing playground areas, adding to the “backyard sports” and scenic nature of the park and enhancing picnicking, Leslie said. 

There are no plans to add permanent lights, he added.

North Oldham Lions Club was given the park, including two buildings and storage units, in 1973 in memory of Edna Belknap.

Leslie said organizations and clubs currently using the park will be able to do so in the future.