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City of Berea receives funds to repair and upgrade city park pool

Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley
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Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley

Governor Beshear has picked 32 projects that will enhance accessibility and upgrade parks and recreation spaces throughout the commonwealth.

The nearly four million dollars comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The city of Berea received $245,000 to repair the pool at the city park. Mayor Bruce Fraley was in Frankfort last week to accept the funds from the governor.  

“The improvements at the Berea City Park’s pool will include redoing the decking, redoing the pool itself, and also a lot of the plumbing that goes along with it and bringing everything up to date. Our pool is about 31 years old and was due for a facelift.”

  The money can be used for a wide variety of outdoor, health-related improvements, including the renovation or replacement of playground equipment, construction of walking paths and bringing recreational facilities into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

Fraley said this is great example of collaboration between multiple levels of government.

“It actually evolved out of a parks master plan, which we had input from our citizens, so this is citizen driven, where the citizens will benefit, and this is a really good example of the governor’s office, Department of Local Government, our local officials and our citizens working together to better our community.”

  Fraley said the improvements at the Berea City Park’s pool will include redoing the decking, redoing the pool itself, and also updating much of the of plumbing.

To receive the federal funds, which are administered at the state level by the Department for Local Government, selected applicants must undergo federal review and receive approval from the National Park Service.

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Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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