MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/16/13) – Lose & Associates architects unveiled the overall draft plan for the proposed Madisonville Mahr Park to the public Tuesday, Aug. 13, which included concepts developed from the first public hearing earlier this year. The park is proposed as a development throughout the 265-acre tract on the eastern shore of Lake Peewee, that was part of the Glema Mahr estate, which she donated to the city.
Areas incorporated from the July 19 public hearing included dog parks, an amphitheater, Kentucky wildflower areas, playgrounds, picnic areas, an event center for weddings and gatherings, walking trails, a vegetable garden, flowering gardens, orchards, a sculpture trail, bird sanctuary, kayak launch, a gazebo and an arboretum.
Madisonville Mayor David Jackson welcomed the audience and their comments.
"Lose & Associates will point out areas that were brought up during the first public comment phase and how we've incorporated a lot of those details into the plan," said Jackson. "We welcome your input."
The Mahr Park committee was available for questions during second public hearing although most were directed to the architects. Some members of the audience wanted to know about infrastructure issues such as water drainage and collection, revenue generation possibilities and if there would be sufficient electrical supply to the park.
Tony Smith asked David Lose and the committee how it will address a fiscal plan for the park's sustainability.
"We do have some figures about various costs for shelters and various activity areas," said Lose. "We're looking at the master plan and going into phasing and the cost of each phase. Over the next 20 years, things will change. Basically, what we have now is a five-year plan."
Another key component that will be an asset to the park would be a pavilion constructed by the Hopkins County Extension Service to accommodate outdoor classrooms, said Lose. Another new area identified is a Warrior's Garden for veterans returning from war.
Rita Dukes Smith
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