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Several Western Kentucky Areas Receiving Thousands for Trail Improvements

Kentucky's governor said Monday that 12 Commonwealth communities, including Madisonville, Morganfield, and Henderson County, were receiving thousands of dollars in funding from the Recreational Trails Program.

Posted: Mar 8, 2021 11:16 AM

On Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced 12 projects receiving a collective $692,058 from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

Three western Kentucky communities - Madisonville, Morganfield, and Henderson County - are among the 12 communities selected for funding on Monday.

Communities Receiving Funds Through the RTP:

Henderson County

  • Henderson County will use $37,184 to construct a walking and biking trail at Sandy Lee Watkins Park to complete a 5-kilometer loop.


  • Madisonville will use $20,000 on a paved walking trail around the perimeter of Cherry Park.


  • Morganfield will use $21,274 to construct a walking trail at Dunbar Park that includes benches, flowering trees and trash receptacles.

“Our parks and outdoor spaces are critically important in our communities and enhance the quality of life for Kentuckians by providing safe, green spaces to exercise and spend time with loved ones,” said Gov. Beshear. “Additionally, as we work to make Kentucky a world-class tourist destination, some of these improvements will attract tourism dollars that will help strengthen our economy to build the better Kentucky we’ve always imagined.

You can see a full list of the 12 communities receiving funds from the RTP on

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