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Gov. Beshear presents nearly $500,000 in grants to cities of Bromley, Covington, Dayton, and Wilder

Gov. Andy Beshear met with local officials Monday to present some $500,000 in Land & Water fund grants to the cities of Bromley, Covington, Dayton and Wilder.

Bromley Mayor Mike Denham and Gov. Beshear

Joining in the announcement were Commissioner Dennis Keene, Department for Local Government; Mike Denham, Mayor of Bromley; Joe Meyer, Mayor of Covington; Ben Baker, Mayor of Dayton; and Bob Arnold, Mayor of Wilder.

Land & Water Conservation Fund grants go to the cities of Bromley, Covington, and Wilder and a Recreational Trails grant to the city of Dayton — all to update city parks.

The City of Wilder will use its $250,000 grant for its Frederick’s Landing Amphitheater project which is part of the City Center Development Plan.

“This is the first step in the Revitalization of the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Wilder City Center, Frederick’s Landing,” said Mayor Arnold. “It will also aid the progress of the Economic Development Plan for the Wilder City Center.”

“The amphitheater project will give us a way to showcase live talent while promoting tourism and arts within our community,” said Sen. Wil Schroder.

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer and Gov. Andy Beshear.

“As governor, it is my job to improve the lives of our families,” Beshear said. “Today’s grants will improve Northern Kentucky parks and repair and upgrade basketball courts and soccer fields for our youth. These upgrades will further Northern Kentucky’s momentum as a prime destination for business relocation.”

Currently, Bromley Park has no central infrastructure but its $75,000 grant will provide a new shelter, restroom, and concession area. The updates will provide a place for family gatherings, civic events and extra seating for those using the park.

“I ride my bike dozens of times every year past the Bromley Park and knowing this grant is making possible a new shelter will mean even more to the people of Bromley,” said Rep. Buddy Wheatley.

Gov. Beshear presented the City of Covington with $81,755 for the second of three phases in the Barb Cook Redevelopment Project. The city will update basketball courts, shade structures, shelters, soccer goals, picnic tables, trashcans, water fountains and landscaping.

Check presentation to the City of Dayton

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said the grant will help the city continue its aggressive, ongoing efforts to improve and expand the city’s parks.

“Thanks to this grant, months from now you’ll be able to drive by Barb Cook Park and see youth playing basketball and kicking soccer balls, while their families have picnics and relax in the cool shade of new shelters.”

Gov. Beshear announced a $91,043 grant to the City of Dayton to revamp the Sargeant Park Trail. The project will construct 2.2 miles of eight-feet-wide hillside trails for hiking, walking, and biking. The city will also install trailhead signage, bike racks, trashcans, benches, and a drinking fountain to increase park usage.

“Dayton is excited to reactivate this park alongside our partners CORA and Groundwork Ohio River Valley,” said Dayton Mayor Ben Baker.


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