Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Central City Receives $250,000 Grant for Lu-Ray Park

Jeanie-jon-pool-010Central City Mayor Barry Shaver and members of the city council receive check from Martin Foundation President Kathy Jacobi. (Photos courtesy Paul McRee)

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (6/12/14) — The Central City council received a welcome visit during its Wednesday, June 11 meeting at the Central City building.

Kathy Jacobi, president of the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation, was on hand to present the city with a check for $250,000 to go toward the construction of the Lu-Ray Park in downtown Central City.

The project, first announced by Mayor Barry Shaver in April, would be on a three acre lot just off Broad Street, behind the First National Bank. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1 million.

The park is named in honor of the historic Lu-Ray Hotel, which was built in 1912 and was a major stopping point for travelers and workers before being razed in the late 1970s.

Addressing the meeting, Jacobi explained that the agreement was reached after a presentation made by city officials to the board.

"We met earlier this spring and talked about the plans the city has for the new Lu-Ray Park," Jacobi said. "I took the information from that meeting to the foundation board in May. I'd like to read you their grant agreement. 'The foundation's grant for this project reflects their confidence in your leadership in the project.' The agreement is from June 1, 2014 through December 31, 2018. This grant will provide matching funds for the first $250,000 raised by the city of Central City to be used for the construction of Lu-Ray Park. The park will be located in downtown Central City, and will include an amphitheater, restrooms, a picnic pavilion and walking trail."

Members of the council applauded as Mayor Barry Shaver accepted the ceremonial check from Jacobi. Shaver told SurfKY News that the city council is excited about the grant.

"This is really a dream come true," Shaver said. "If we can get enough people on board, this grant will allow us to break ground on the park before the end of this year. We are already working on several aspects of raising more funds. This will be an exciting project, not just for Central City, but for all of Muhlenberg County. This is exactly what we need for our downtown events. This particular location, in the heart of the downtown area, will allow us to tie our history with our future. This can be our gift to the next generation and beyond."

Shaver said that the project will be completed in phases, with phase one consisting of a large state-of-the-art amphitheater, lighting system and sound system.

"We already have several individuals who want to help take care of the expense of the park's veterans memorial. People are stepping up to lead the way on this project, and we want to thank them, and also thank everyone with the Martin Foundation."

Muhlen LuRay artist rend 3 Illustration of proposed Lu-Ray Park amphitheater

Paul McRee
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
button classifieds

In Other News...

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 24, 2014

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/24/14) — The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Monday, Nov. 24.… Read More

Madisonville Man Charged for Selling Cocaine

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/25/14) — Madisonville Police searched a Carlisle Drive residence from an ongoing investigation… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

November 21, 2014 6624

Man Accused of Assaulting Coach During Basketball…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
November 22, 2014 4314

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collision in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 21, 2014 4040

Crashing Dump Trucks in Work Zone Cause Pennyrile…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
November 19, 2014 3991

Is Bankruptcy Your Best Option?

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 19, 2014 3776

Two Killed When Vehicle Becomes Airborne, Strikes…

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Daviess County Sheriff's Office
November 21, 2014 3302

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 19, 2014 3222

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision on South…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gwen Smith
November 21, 2014 3086

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 21, 2014 2683

Swimming and Diving Closes Fall Season at Ohio…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
November 20, 2014 2535

Local Church Prepares for 'Return to Bethlehem'

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

November 24, 2014 2410

Two Charged for Possession of Meth After…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO/PIO Alex Piper
November 24, 2014 2232

Madisonville Police Charge Woman with Terroristic…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 1911

Madisonville Man Charged for Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 24, 2014 1660

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Sheila Hopper
November 25, 2014 1616

Call for Help Results in Arrest for Possession of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 24, 2014 1589

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 24, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 24, 2014 1403

Mustang Bass Team Chosen for Next Season

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 24, 2014 1378

Salon G in Business of Making Women Beautiful for…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 24, 2014 1239

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Melissa Heflin
November 24, 2014 1136

Santa and Mrs. Claus Coming to Thistle Cottage

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss