FLEMINGSBURG — The Fleming County Recreational Park Board met Thursday to discuss the condition of the park’s budget.
Flemingsburg Mayor Marty Voiers and Fleming County Judge-Executive Larry Foxworthy were in attendance for the discussion along with 19 other members of the community, most of them teachers and children.
Recreational Park Board Chairman David Doyle said the expense of maintaining the park has increased over the years while the funding for the park has remained unchanged.
“We as a board are stumped, because we have no money to decide to do anything to try to improve the park,” Doyle said.
Kim Gillum, treasurer for the board explained how the park receives $36,000 from the county and $16,500 from the city annually, a split of about two-thirds and one-third respectively. This funding has remained unchanged for years, while expenses have gone up. A main factor in the increased maintenance expense is the age of the park itself. The shelter houses and the pool are main points of contention in managing to repair or replace parts of those areas.
“We’ve got to start having more money sometime or another because this park is 37 years old and at some point in time things wear down and you’ve got to replace them, but if you don’t have money to replace them, where do you go?” Doyle said.
Many of the attendees were on hand to speak about the pool. Paul King, a teacher at Simons Middle School and assistant cross-country and track coach said the park has greatly helped his students, not only as a place for practice and exercise, but also to hold cross-country meets. King also mentioned how influential the pool was for many of his students.
“Second grade kids up to high school kids, some of them couldn’t swim. We put kickboards on them and sent them through the pool.” King said. “I know of three of them now who are lifeguards, not only in Fleming County, I have one that’s even a lifeguard at Morehead State University.”
Other community members voiced similar points on how the pool is beneficial to children of the community and offered ideas that could potentially aid the park, such as fund-raising projects or asking the community at large for donations. Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman, who was among the group, also stepped forward and spoke to the board, offering to cooperate with it on finding a solution to financing the park. Voiers and Foxworthy are also willing to review the board’s budget to see where they can assist.
“These people are passionate about the park and the pool, but we just want to make sure we are doing all that we can to help,” Foxworthy said. “If there’s another way we could help other than donating money or contributing money, we want to do that as well.”