- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) - Four western Kentucky state park resorts will receive an estimated $3.7 million in improvements during the next two years, state park officials said.

The funding is part of $18 million approved this year by state lawmakers and Gov. Matt Bevin. Improvements include structural repairs, painting and upgrades.

State Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and state parks Commissioner Donnie Holland announced the funding Wednesday in Cadiz, with Lake Barkley in the background.

They said upgrades are planned at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Kenlake State Resort Park and Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park.

“We’re glad to have this funding to start addressing some of the needs at our state parks,” Holland said. “It won’t cover all of our needs, but it is a good start.”

Work will include painting and repairing the exterior of the lodge and convention center at Lake Barkley park, and lodge repairs and painting at Kentucky Dam Village.

“The parks are so important,” Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, said. “They’re the catalyst for everything else that goes on in our area and in our community. If we can get people here, visiting our parks, and get our parks to that quality level that they used to be, the nation’s finest that we advertised, I think you’re going to see growth that will just be exponential here for the next few years.”

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