JAMESTOWN, Ky. — Approximately $1.7 million in upgrades are coming to Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, tourism officials announced Wednesday as part of the state’s “Restoring the Finest” initiative.
The initiative is an effort to make various upgrades and safety improvements to Kentucky State Parks across the commonwealth.
The funding for Lake Cumberland will include upgrades to the lodge sprinkler system and renovations of lodge rooms to include new furniture and décor.
With today’s announcement, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will have received nearly $4 million in improvements since 2016 under the Bevin administration.
“Tourism is so huge in this region, and we are happy to make these investments to keep our park safe and competitive in today’s market,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson. “We appreciate the continued support for Kentucky State Parks from Gov. Bevin and 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.
“Our state parks were facing $240 million in deferred maintenance at the beginning of this administration,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “This funding allows us to make much-needed repairs and improvements for the parks and continue contributing to the tourism economy across Kentucky.”
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, restaurant, hiking trails, indoor pool, marina and offers recreational activities throughout the year.