$1.8M in improvements announced for Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Amphitheater. (wmky.org)

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Nearly $1.8 million in planned improvements were announced by officials at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park today as part of the state’s “Restoring the Finest” initiative for Kentucky State Parks.

The initiative is an effort to make infrastructure repairs and safety improvements throughout the Kentucky State Parks system.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is scheduled to receive a new lodge roof and exterior repairs, a new roof for the park’s conference center and renovations of all lodge rooms that will include new furniture and décor.

With today’s announcement, Jenny Wiley will have received about $2.1 million in improvements since 2016 under the Bevin administration.

“Projects like the ones at Jenny Wiley are critical to our state parks to keep our guests and employees safe,” Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson said during an announcement at Jenny Wiley. “We appreciate the support our parks receive from Gov. Bevin and members of the General Assembly.”

Kentucky State Parks received $18 million and $20 million in added funding as part of the “Refreshing the Finest” program in 2016-2018. Gov. Bevin and lawmakers approved a $50 million bond issue for the “Restoring the Finest” campaign in state parks during the 2019 General Assembly.

“The Kentucky State Parks were facing $240 million in deferred maintenance at the beginning of this administration,” said Mike Vito, director of resort parks for Kentucky State Parks. “Thanks to this funding for Jenny Wiley and other parks, we are making much-needed repairs and improvements to help keep our parks open and contributing to the tourism economy across Kentucky.”

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has a lodge, restaurant, cottages, marina and campground. The park offers recreational activities such as elk tours, hiking, swimming, boating and fishing.

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