Monday, May 15, 2000

Federal grant to improve park

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Covington's Randolph Park will get a $120,000 face lift that will be paid for with a grant from the National Park Service.

        The money will be used to make a number of improvements to the 6.3-acre park, which is behind the Northern Kentucky Community Center on Greenup Street and serves mainly the city's East Side neighborhoods.

        “The East Side has been struggling and certainly deserves our attention,” said Denny Bowman, director of parks and recreation for Covington.

        “There has been tremendous public input and I believe these funds will help to strengthen neighborhoods, improve the safety of the park and serve as a major plus to the East Side,” Mr. Bowman said.

        The $119,980 grant was announced by U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Richwood, and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

        The money will be used to:

        Replace worn park equipment.

        Resurface the park's basketball and tennis courts.

        Improve and increase landscaping.

        Increase the park's lighting.

        Replace the park's shelter building.

        Install a rubberized surface material in the children's play area.

        The work will begin this summer, officials said.


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