spray park groundbreakingBreaking ground for the Claybon Festus Spray Park in Madisonville, Friday, April 11. (Photo courtesy Amber Averitt/SurfKY News)MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/11/14) — The City of Madisonville welcomed the community to a ground breaking ceremony for the Claybon Festus Spray Park Friday, April 11.

First opened in 1996, the park spans over 19 acres and includes a half-mile paved walking trail, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor picnic areas, an athletic field and public restrooms.

To make this spray park happen, grants and donations from coal severance, Baptist Health and the Rotary Club were given.

“The majority of the money came from the coal severance grant,” said Hopkins County Judge-Executive Donnie Carroll, “in the amount of $258,000. This week, I signed a check for $93,000 for reimbursement already to start utilizing on this. So, on behalf of the fiscal court, I show our appreciation for the cooperation the city has done. We really want to see this grow.”

Students from West Broadway Elementary and Pride Elementary joined the city by participating in the ground-breaking process.

“My favorite people to be out here today are the students,” said Madisonville Mayor David Jackson. “You guys are the beneficiaries of this park, and I am glad you all are here to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony. This is going to be the place where the kids in the community get to come and have fun.”

The spray park features have been set and construction will start in May 2014.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News Reporter
Photos by Amber Averitt

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