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A new plan for parks in Oldham County passed a hurdle Aug. 25 as members of the Oldham County Planning Commission gave approval.
The plan calls for nearly doubling the park acreage in the county with a wish list of about 600 new acres of parkland at a cost of about $72 million. While not all the elements of the plan may come to fruition in the near future, it is a blueprint of what’s desirable.
“I don’t see any way we can go to the taxpayers and put our hands out and ask for this to get done,” Oldham County Parks and Recreation Director Tim Curtis said.
Consultant Pat Hogan said much of the expense could be paid through a friends of the park organization, land donations, bonds and grants.
The plan lists park priorities. The top 10 priorities are:
1. Improving Wendell Moore Park.
2. Improving Peggy Baker Park.
3. Constructing a new indoor recreation center near the Jefferson County line.
4. Developing a new sports complex of 60-100 acres.
5. Improving Briar Hill Park.
6. Building at new outdoor family aquatic center in the park on the Jefferson County line.
7. Improving Morgan Conservation Park.
8. Developing the 54-acre sports park already owned in Buckner.
9. Building an indoor aquatic center.
10. Adding a gym to the John Black Community Center.
Oldham County Fiscal Court, and La Grange, Crestwood and Pewee Valley city councils will decide whether to ratify the plan after Sept. 22.
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