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Monday, February 3, 2020

Governor Beshear Presents $500K to Wilder, Dayton, Covington and Bromley

Gov. Andy Beshear stops for a photo with two attendees at a press conference where he announced that four NKY cities would be receiving funding for parks. (Location: New Riff Distillery West Campus)

By Jessie Eden

Gov. Andy Beshear was in Newport on Monday to award nearly $500,000 in grant funding to four Northern Kentucky cities. 

The event took place at New Riff Distillery's West Campus warehouse and was attended by each of the mayors of the four NKY cities; Mayor Bob Arnold of Wilder, Mayor Ben Baker of Dayton, Mayor Joe Meyer of Covington and Mayor Mike Denham of Bromley.


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Gov. Beshear says the grant money, which is a part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), will make NKY a destination for families and businesses.

“As governor, it is my job to improve the lives of our families,” said Gov. Beshear. “Today’s grants will improve Northern Kentucky parks and repair and upgrade basketball courts and soccer fields for our youth. These upgrades will further Northern Kentucky’s momentum as a prime destination for business relocation.”

Gov. Andy Beshear stops for a photo with two attendees at a press conference where he announced that four NKY cities would be receiving funding for parks. (Location: New Riff Distillery West Campus)
$250K for Wilder:
Wilder received the largest grant at $250,000 for construction of the Frederick's Landing Amphitheater. Based on surveys, Wilder citizens expressed interest in a venue for outdoor performances and social gatherings. 

“The amphitheater project will give us a way to showcase live talent while promoting tourism and arts within our community," said Sen. Wil Schroder. "Those who frequent the landing will be very pleased with what’s to come.”

Commissioner Dennis Keene expressed excitement about the upcoming park revitalization.

“It’s rewarding to announce these grants today to improve parks right here in Northern Kentucky,” said Commissioner Keene. “I’m looking forward to seeing the results and added benefits for our communities.”

$90K for Dayton: 
Dayton received just over $90,000 to revamp Sergeant Park Trail and add 8 ft wide hillside trails for hiking, walking and biking along with signage, bike racks, benches and a drinking fountain. 

$80K for Covington: 
Covington received just over $80,000 for the second of three phases in the Barb Cook Park Redevelopment Project. It will also update basketball courts, shelters, soccer goals, landscaping, picnic tables, trashcans, water foundations and shade structures.

$75K for Bromley:
Bromley received $75,000 to add a new shelter to Bromley Park with a restroom and concession area. The park currently has no central structure so there will soon be a central place for gatherings and civic events.

"I’m really excited about the growth we are seeing in Northern Kentucky. The area is thriving with new jobs and people moving their families here. These parks are a big part of how we welcome those families. It is especially important for the next generation. The great commonwealth of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky have some great days ahead," said Gov. Beshear.

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