MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/1/13) – After looking at the master plan for Madisonville Mahr Park, the park committee recommended several changes to be worked into the design before the next public meeting is held.
The next public meeting was planned for Aug. 13 but that may be postponed to allow Lose and Associates time to make the artwork changes. Meeting announcements are pending.
Identifying certain areas of the proposed park scheme would make the concept more clear to everyone, said committee member Barbie Hunt. Making a flow within the park for sculptures and activities while keeping the flow of the land intact is important, she said.
Bishop Raymond Marion, committee member and Madisonville City Councilman, said he also believes the land should not be over designed.
"We don't want to disturb the deer and other animals to the point of driving them away," he said.
The University of Kentucky Hopkins County Extension Service is planning to build a pavilion bringing an outdoor classroom into the mix, which might facilitate community involved ahead of the fully developed park completion, said Madisonville Mayor David Jackson.
The committee discussed areas for a small and for a large dog walking areas and decided those areas should be located further from the front of the park than illustrated by Lose and Associates renderings. The areas would include fences and having them out of view from the highway would be optimum, said City Engineer Bill Jackson.
The planning committee met with representatives of the Lose & Associates Landscape Architecture firm July 15. Preliminary artist's renderings of possible development throughout the 265-acre tract on the eastern shore of Lake Peewee, that was part of the Glema Mahr estate, were shown to the committee and changes were made for the July 31 meeting.
Public appealing areas identified during the first public hearing included a dog park, Kentucky wildflower areas, playgrounds, picnic areas, an event center for weddings and gatherings, walking trails, a vegetable garden, flowering gardens, orchards, a sculpture trail, bird sanctuary, kayak launch, a gazebo, outdoor classrooms and an arboretum.
Rita Dukes Smith
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