New Park Coming to Greenville, KY

New Park Coming to Greenville, KY

There are 36 comments on the WEHT story from Sep 6, 2013, titled New Park Coming to Greenville, KY. In it, WEHT reports that:

Muhlenberg County residents will soon have a new place to hold outdoor activities.

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Muhl Visit

Cadiz, KY

#25 Sep 27, 2013
I am visiting family in Muhlenberg and drove by the high school. WOW. What improvements there. New stadium and auditorium and tech wing and park under construction!!!!!! Looks very impressive.

I asked family about it and who was responsible. I'd like to say many thanks to the school district, former superintendent Todd, the former board members, parks and recreation people, and Felix Martin Jr for making this happen. Quiet impressive. Can't wait to visit again see the finished product.

Congratulations to the City of Greenville as well. Downtown looks great. I like the progressive thinking of all those involved in Greenville and the high school. Muhlenberg should be proud of these leaders.
MissPerfect

Mascoutah, IL

#26 Sep 27, 2013
Muhl Visit wrote:
I am visiting family in Muhlenberg and drove by the high school. WOW. What improvements there. New stadium and auditorium and tech wing and park under construction!!!!!! Looks very impressive.
I asked family about it and who was responsible. I'd like to say many thanks to the school district, former superintendent Todd, the former board members, parks and recreation people, and Felix Martin Jr for making this happen. Quiet impressive. Can't wait to visit again see the finished product.
Congratulations to the City of Greenville as well. Downtown looks great. I like the progressive thinking of all those involved in Greenville and the high school. Muhlenberg should be proud of these leaders.
What a JOKE!!!!!

Since: Aug 13

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#27 Sep 27, 2013
Muhl Visit wrote:
I am visiting family in Muhlenberg and drove by the high school. WOW. What improvements there. New stadium and auditorium and tech wing and park under construction!!!!!! Looks very impressive.
I asked family about it and who was responsible. I'd like to say many thanks to the school district, former superintendent Todd, the former board members, parks and recreation people, and Felix Martin Jr for making this happen. Quiet impressive. Can't wait to visit again see the finished product.
Congratulations to the City of Greenville as well. Downtown looks great. I like the progressive thinking of all those involved in Greenville and the high school. Muhlenberg should be proud of these leaders.
Wonder if you have a job and who you work for?
Retired Teacher

Central City, KY

#28 Sep 27, 2013
MissPerfect wrote:
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What a JOKE!!!!!
You're obviously from either Cleaton or Beech Creek.
question

Paducah, KY

#29 Sep 27, 2013
in the know wrote:
1. parks had to purchase land to run water, etc. to the existing parks site.
2. no room for walking trails? have you seen how much land that lies along the four lane before and after Pogues?
3. i don't see where security near the school would be any better than security elsewhere.
4. the only thing black topped is the schools parking lot, additional black topping would have to occur at any site that was set.
5. additional entrance from Dean Road? which is 2533...have you been on that road lately? have you seen the traffic that goes zipping through on that small road...not exactly a great road to lead to an entrance, unless that road is going to be routinely patrolled with a 35 mph zone set.
6. the best thing set for this will be the little league/softball parks...i don't see where some of the things being built will be supported in Muhlenberg Co. this type of park would be nice in larger cities...but i just don't see the interest being kept in Muhlenberg. nothing against the park, just don't see much of it to be used once the "new" wears off...
I have a question. After the initial funding from Martine Foundation and the lease from the school district how are we going to pay for the rest of it? Please don't tell me they are going to raise our taxes! We are a little community and any more taxation does not bode well for the property owners.

Since: Aug 13

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#30 Sep 28, 2013
Well property owners down the road will be paying higher taxes.
in the know

Frankfort, KY

#31 Sep 28, 2013
to an earlier post saying that the land does not flood...that is totally false. the gym has been repaired many times...not only from flooding from the parking lot, but because of the land it was built on. this is basically what you would call "swamp" land...its the reason the land was sold so cheaply for the school in the first place.

again, i am not against the park...just the location. and i just don't think muhlenberg will "support" the park of this size. i think some of the things are just overkill. we cannot support a park that was based on one that was designed in E-town. if i was given a large sum of money to build a skyscraper in the middle of Greenville...it might be beautiful but what businesses would we put in it to support the building?

i do believe that if we can get large tournaments in here...it will boost the economy, and maybe we will see some lodging and dining places opening up to support these tournaments. i just don't think we will get that type of support. little league will be hard enough, but if they plan on putting fields in for adult softball, you are basically wasting time/money. there are a few multi park complexes in western ky that don't get any support...owensboro is the only one and that is because of the city's size. also, you won't get the large adult tournaments unless you are going to allow alcohol in the parks.

and a frisbee golf course? really? in muhlenberg?
:)
inthanotwo

Cadiz, KY

#32 Sep 28, 2013
First of all that land does not flood and it was not purchased. Over 200 acres were given to the school district in the will of a Mr Gish. The State Department of Ed has to approve where schools are built. Surveys has to be done by firms and Frankfort gives it's ok. The gym flooded in 91 due to drainage issues and parking lot slop not being accurate. The other time it flooded was when the tornado blew part of the roof off.

The Martin Foundation did a countryside survey and spent money on analyzing what Muhlenberg County needed to improve our community. One need was recreation opportunities for children. That is what they are attempting to do with this park. So a park is what the survey showed was needed by a survey of Muhlenberg residents. It's built of school property to develop a partnership between the schools, parks, fiscal court and Martin Foundation. Taxes will not go up due to this partnership and revenue generated when tournaments and events occur. We also have coal severance money that will assist.

So don't listen to people like (in the know) who obviously is a negative Nancy when it comes to any improvements in Muhlenberg County. It too is nice to get compliments for outsiders like Muhl Visit when they see how our county is striving to improve in many ways.

Since: Aug 13

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#33 Sep 28, 2013
Just wait Muhlenberg County residents, your taxes will go UP.

Since: Aug 13

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#34 Sep 28, 2013
inthanotwo wrote:
First of all that land does not flood and it was not purchased. Over 200 acres were given to the school district in the will of a Mr Gish. The State Department of Ed has to approve where schools are built. Surveys has to be done by firms and Frankfort gives it's ok. The gym flooded in 91 due to drainage issues and parking lot slop not being accurate. The other time it flooded was when the tornado blew part of the roof off.
The Martin Foundation did a countryside survey and spent money on analyzing what Muhlenberg County needed to improve our community. One need was recreation opportunities for children. That is what they are attempting to do with this park. So a park is what the survey showed was needed by a survey of Muhlenberg residents. It's built of school property to develop a partnership between the schools, parks, fiscal court and Martin Foundation. Taxes will not go up due to this partnership and revenue generated when tournaments and events occur. We also have coal severance money that will assist.
So don't listen to people like (in the know) who obviously is a negative Nancy when it comes to any improvements in Muhlenberg County. It too is nice to get compliments for outsiders like Muhl Visit when they see how our county is striving to improve in many ways.
"So a park is what the survey showed was needed by a survey of Muhlenberg residents". What was the date of the survey, and how many residents took part?
question

Paducah, KY

#35 Sep 28, 2013
inthanotwo wrote:
First of all that land does not flood and it was not purchased. Over 200 acres were given to the school district in the will of a Mr Gish. The State Department of Ed has to approve where schools are built. Surveys has to be done by firms and Frankfort gives it's ok. The gym flooded in 91 due to drainage issues and parking lot slop not being accurate. The other time it flooded was when the tornado blew part of the roof off.
The Martin Foundation did a countryside survey and spent money on analyzing what Muhlenberg County needed to improve our community. One need was recreation opportunities for children. That is what they are attempting to do with this park. So a park is what the survey showed was needed by a survey of Muhlenberg residents. It's built of school property to develop a partnership between the schools, parks, fiscal court and Martin Foundation. Taxes will not go up due to this partnership and revenue generated when tournaments and events occur. We also have coal severance money that will assist.
So don't listen to people like (in the know) who obviously is a negative Nancy when it comes to any improvements in Muhlenberg County. It too is nice to get compliments for outsiders like Muhl Visit when they see how our county is striving to improve in many ways.
Well, I hope you are correct but common sense dictates taxation will be going up. You cannot build something of this nature without it eventually. I sure hope you are right in your thinking. This county need jobs and jobs help support our government here. Why does it seem no one ever talks about jobs but just about beautification projects and recreation. I am glad we are getting all of this, but my hope and desire is for people to have good paying jobs that will support not only their families but also our educational and economic system in this county.
MC

Cadiz, KY

#36 Sep 28, 2013
question wrote:
<quoted text>Well, I hope you are correct but common sense dictates taxation will be going up. You cannot build something of this nature without it eventually. I sure hope you are right in your thinking. This county need jobs and jobs help support our government here. Why does it seem no one ever talks about jobs but just about beautification projects and recreation. I am glad we are getting all of this, but my hope and desire is for people to have good paying jobs that will support not only their families but also our educational and economic system in this county.
You have to have incentives for companies and business to be attracted and maybe consider coming to Muhlenberg County with jobs. The park is just a small part of what they look for, things their children can get involved with. You know the list, good schools, tax credits, good workforce etc. So this park is part of the over all plan to improve Muhlenberg County.
inthanotwo

Cadiz, KY

#37 Sep 28, 2013
MrsHappyToBeMe wrote:
<quoted text>"So a park is what the survey showed was needed by a survey of Muhlenberg residents". What was the date of the survey, and how many residents took part?
When Mr Martin died he left over $50 million to Muhl Co to go toward improving our county. A firm from Louisville was hired to handle the endowment. They come to Muhl Co around 2009 and interviewed business people, government officials, school personnel, law enforcement and others. There were public meetings and information in the paper about this needs assessment being done. People could vote on what they thought was most needed.

They developed a large list of needs and then placed them in categories of need and preference based on the publics view. MORE recreation opportunities was one need and that is why the park was planned and now being built.

Yes more jobs was a major priority from the study and survey. That's why we now have an economic developer, Ken Robinson, who was hired and paid by the Martin Foundation to work with potential business in an effort to get them to locate here. The schools have done their part in the last several years by improving their buildings and providing more opportunities for our children to learn.

So what you have seen in the last few years is a long range plan being implemented in the county to improve Muhl. County. Judge Newman, Supt Todd, Sheriff McGehee, City Mayors, Fisical Court and business leaders in the county have been major players in this plan. I applaud their efforts and attempts to move our county forward.

Those negative on this site are examples of some county residents who are simply satisfied with our county or cannot see the vision for improvement. This is not 1970. It's 2013 so let's get on board and change with the times.
in the know

Frankfort, KY

#38 Sep 28, 2013
"Negative Nancy"...that's funny :)

i have never said i was against a park. i just raised questions on location and the price for the upkeep of such a grand scale park.

i also just raised questions on the ability to get youth tournaments to come to the county. this would seem to be the biggest draw for income for the park.

...and i would also like a link or some type of reference to this great survey that Muhlenberg countians took part in.

if this park is a success and they raise my taxes...i will gladly pay a little more in taxes...
in the know

Frankfort, KY

#39 Sep 28, 2013
how much of the 50 mil are they using on the park?

i went to one meeting and saw they had plans for a adult softball field. ONE adult softball field. ONE 280' softball field. this was in the hopes to have/bring in some adult softball tournaments into the park. did "the developers" realize that there will be zero chance to bring in adult tournaments if you have only ONE field....and all adult fields are now 300' or more....or that you won't bring in adult tournaments allowing some alcohol? do "the developers" also believe that the use of some of that land for a frisbee golf course is really needed?

again, i AM NOT against a park, even a large park, i just had questions about all that this park was to have. i'm not negative at all...i am all for luring businesses and companies...i was even for some type of tax increase to help our hospital out...because we all know that zero companies will look at this area w/o a operational hospital.

and AGAIN, i just had questions about youth tournaments being brought in...i am no familiar with youth sports and the types of tournaments that they have (time of year, size, etc.). i just don't see us bringing in 'outside' money with the parks...

sorry if i being a negative nancy...i will try and be positive from here on out :)
inthanotwo

Cadiz, KY

#40 Sep 28, 2013
in the know wrote:
how much of the 50 mil are they using on the park?

i went to one meeting and saw they had plans for a adult softball field. ONE adult softball field. ONE 280' softball field. this was in the hopes to have/bring in some adult softball tournaments into the park. did "the developers" realize that there will be zero chance to bring in adult tournaments if you have only ONE field....and all adult fields are now 300' or more....or that you won't bring in adult tournaments allowing some alcohol? do "the developers" also believe that the use of some of that land for a frisbee golf course is really needed?

again, i AM NOT against a park, even a large park, i just had questions about all that this park was to have. i'm not negative at all...i am all for luring businesses and companies...i was even for some type of tax increase to help our hospital out...because we all know that zero companies will look at this area w/o a operational hospital.

and AGAIN, i just had questions about youth tournaments being brought in...i am no familiar with youth sports and the types of tournaments that they have (time of year, size, etc.). i just don't see us bringing in 'outside' money with the parks...

sorry if i being a negative nancy...i will try and be positive from here on out :)
My apologies if I misunderstood your intent. I believe that Martin group approved 8M for the park. I reread your post and understand your questions. The 50M is invested and the Martin group allocates the money based on the interest it earns. So I'm sure more monies will be coming Muhlenbergs way. I do not have a copy of the Martin needs assessment or survey. You can check with business people in the county or Martin Foundation people and I'm sure you can get a copy. I went to the final meeting when the report and findings were given but do not have a copy.

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