Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Campbell sees need for ball fields, trails

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT THOMAS — Campbell County has the largest county park in Kentucky — A.J. Jolly — but county officials working on a parks and recreation master plan realize other, specialized facilities are needed.

        The county has hired Brandstetter Carroll Inc., the planners that formed the parks/recreation master plans for Boone and Kenton counties, to perform the same task in Campbell.

    Two public workshops have been scheduled to get opinions on ways to improve the county's parks and recreation outlets. The meetings are:
   • 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Campbell County Extension Center on U.S. 27 in Highland Heights.
   • Jan. 30 at Campbell County High School, Lickert Road and U.S. 27, Alexandria.
        At a recent meeting of city and county officials, Patrick Hoagland of Brandstetter Carroll asked for recreational needs. The list included baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, and practice and game fields for junior football.

        Newport City Commissioner Ken Rechtin emphasized a need for walking trails and other “passive” recreation.

        The planners at Brandstetter Carroll have begun a random 300-person phone survey throughout the county, to be followed by more detailed surveys mailed to each household.

        Fort Thomas City Administrator Jeff Earlywine said the city has already picked up some solid information about its recreational facilities from a Brandstetter Carroll phone survey.

        According to that survey:

        • 66 percent of residents see current facilities and levels of recreation as satisfactory. Mr. Hoagland said this is higher than the level of satisfaction typically been reported in these types of studies.

        • 85.3 percent of Fort Thomas residents are satisfied with the overall maintainance of city parks.


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