comm of ky 300DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (10/22/19) — Approximately $670,000 in improvements are in the works for Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park as part of the state’s “Restoring the Finest” initiative, state tourism officials announced today.

The initiative is an effort to make repairs and safety improvements to the Kentucky State Park system, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Spokesman John F. Cox reported.

The funding for Pennyrile Forest will address much needed water and sewer upgrades at the park near Dawson Springs, Cox explained, including increased water pressure and capacity and replacing water lines to the park’s cottages so they can be used year around.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will have received approximately $1.3 million in improvements since 2016 under the Bevin administration, the cabinet indicated.

“These improvements are vital to Pennyrile Forest in order to keep the park safe and attractive to guests,” said state tourism secretary Don Parkinson. “We appreciate the continued support for our parks from Gov. Bevin and the General Assembly.”

Kentucky State Parks received $18 million and $20 million in added funding as part of the “Refreshing the Finest” program in 2016-18. Bevin and lawmakers approved a $50 million bond issue for the “Restoring the Finest” campaign in state parks during the 2019 General Assembly.

“At the start of this administration our state parks were facing $240 million in deferred maintenance,” Parks Deputy Commissioner John Kington said. “This funding allows us to make much-needed repairs and improvements for the parks and continue contributing to the tourism economy across Kentucky.”

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, restaurant, hiking trails, golf course, beach, lake and offers recreational activities throughout the year.

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Pictured left to right are Dawson Springs Mayor Chris Smiley, Secretary Don Parkinson of Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet, Rep. Jim Gooch, Deputy Commissioner John Kington and Sen. Whitney Westerfield, 3rd District.

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