Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Plans for 2 parks to be presented today

By Gina Holt
Enquirer contributor

        BURLINGTON — Two proposed county parks — the Gunpowder Creek Nature Park and Conrad Park — would make the most of the Boone County landscape, according to a planning firm.

        Master plans for the parks, prepared by Woolpert LLP of Cincinnati, would make them different from other parks in the county.

        The plans will be presented at the Boone County Fis cal Court's 5 p.m. meeting today at the Boone County Administration Building. “The master plan for Boone County Parks and Recreation called for the county to add additional parks, and parks of different varieties,” said John Stanton, deputy county administrator.

        “The Conrad Park will be the first river park in Boone County. Gunpowder Creek Natural Park will be in a natural, very beautiful setting. We don't have parks that fill those needs now.”

        The fiscal court will discuss whether and when to implement the plans.

        The fiscal court is expected to authorize Judge-executive Gary Moore to hire Woolpert, allowing the company to move into the second phase of the process, which includes preparing the sites for construction and preparing documents. The company's initial plans for the two new parks cost $39,700 to prepare.

        Gunpowder Creek Park, which would be two miles south of Burlington, has 122 acres, including the creek.

        "The executive summary of the master plan says, “Visitors will be able to walk through the woods, view wildlife and learn about Kentucky's geologic history.”

        Both plans were created after Woolpert met with an advisory committee and a public workshop.The park is envisioned as having education areas for schools, horse and hiking trails, a picnic pavilion, a bike trail system, playground and primitive camping.

        Gunpowder Creek tends to flood quickly, so the plan recommends that a pedestrian bridge be designed to withstand the force of high and fast-moving water.

        Woolpert predicts the cost of the park at $244,700 to $367,000.

        Conrad Park is a 43.7-acre parcel along the Ohio River. According to the master plan, this new park would provide residents in the northeast portion of the county with opportunities for passive outdoor recreation and access to the river.

        The park would include hiking, picnicking, bicycling and a river viewing area. Two playgrounds will be created, one for children under 6 and the other for those 7 to 12.

        Woolpert predicts the cost of Conrad Park to be $395,200 to $592,900.


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