Kentucky Dam Village to receive $5.4M for improvements

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park.

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Approximately $5.4 million in improvements at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park were announced Wednesday by tourism officials as part of the state’s “Restoring the Finest” initiative.

The initiative is a statewide effort to make infrastructure repairs and safety improvements across the Kentucky State Parks system.

The funding for Kentucky Dam Village will include a new sewer system, new roofs for the executive cottages and hospitality upgrades for lodge rooms –mostly new furniture.

With Wednesday’s announcement, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will have received approximately $6.1 million in improvements since 2016 under the Bevin administration.


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“We are thrilled to make this significant investment in Kentucky Dam Village to ensure a quality experience for our guests,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson. “We appreciate the continued support Kentucky State 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 2016-18. Gov. Bevin and lawmakers approved a $50 million bond issue for the “Restoring the Finest” campaign in state parks during the 2019 General Assembly.

“At the start of this administration our state parks were facing $240 million in deferred maintenance,” Parks Deputy Commissioner John Kington said. “This funding allows us to make much-needed repairs and improvements for the parks and continue contributing to the tourism economy across Kentucky.”

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, restaurant, hiking trails, golf course, beach, marina and offers recreational activities throughout the year.

(L to R) State Rep. Richard Heath; Deputy Commissioner John Kington; Secretary Don Parkinson; State Rep. Chris Freeland; State Sen. Danny Carroll; State Rep. Randy Bridges.
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