2017 08 01 Health Park Ribbon CuttingPADUCAH, Ky. (7/29/17) – The Parks Services Department is organizing a ribbon cutting celebration for the Health Park located at 421 North 13th Street in the historic Fountain Avenue Neighborhood.  The ribbon cutting for this first phase will be Tuesday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the park.  The park officially opened to the public on June 16. 
 
“We are excited to be able to cut the ribbon on the first phase of this healthy and fun facility,” said Parks Services Director Mark Thompson. “We have had great partners that have helped bring this project to fruition.  Additionally, I believe that we will be making an announcement in short order regarding plans to begin phase two of the Health Park.”
 
Last November, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Wilkins Construction Company for this approximately $620,000 project.  Over the past few months, in addition to the grading and resurfacing of the grassy lawn area and the expansion of the Community Garden, crews have installed  the rubberized safety surface at the Paducah Rotary Playground, a 1/3 mile walking trail, a fitness area, lighting, landscaping, water fountains, and benches.  The playground was installed and opened in June 2016 but had to be closed during this construction project for the installation of the safety surface.
 
The Health Park’s master plan for phase two includes a restroom facility, the expansion of the fitness area, a multi-purpose plaza, and a spray pad.
 
For this park, the City of Paducah partnered with United Way of Paducah-McCracken County, Lourdes Hospital, Baptist Health Paducah, Rotary Club of Paducah, Purchase District Health Department, Healthy Paducah Chapter of the Purchase Connections for Health Coalition, and Paducah Independent Schools. 
 
Grants through the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Land & Water Conservation Fund, and Recreations Trail in addition to donations provided more than $668,000 for this project. 
 
For more information about the Health Park, visit http://paducahky.gov/fountain-avenue-health-park, call 270-444-8508, or visit the Parks office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive.

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