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City Eyes Plan for Ohio River Park and Campground

February 7, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Plans for a formal riverwalk along the Ohio and Kentucky rivers in Carrollton, Ky., moved closer to reality Thursday (Feb. 3) when the city council approved a design master plan, The Madison (Ind.) Courier reported.

The council heard two proposals for the riverwalk design, and unanimously decided to go with Lose & Associates Inc. of Nashville, Tenn.

The master plan will cost $7,500. Additional fees for 3-D models and extra meetings could increase the cost to $10,925, but those are unlikely to be needed. Final design costs would be 5% of the construction costs.

The other master plan, submitted by CMW Inc. of Lexington, Ky., would have cost $25,000. The bid did not include the percentage fee that would come from construction costs.

“If you compare apples to apples, Lose is about half,” Councilman Adam Raker said. Members of the council seemed to be most influenced by the cost difference.

“It’s very reasonable,” Mayor Gene McMurry said.

The two proposals had similar parts. The CMW proposal included more spots for RVs, an amphitheater and an urban walking loop that would connect the riverfront and downtown.

David Lose, president of Lose & Associates, made the presentation to the council. He presented a layout for how the park could look, but he said the council did not have to commit to that design.

“I think we can set the stage for anything you guys want,” he said.

McMurry has been pushing for an RV park and camping ground to be added to the park, and that part of the plan is considered to be set in stone, Lose said. The camping area will be on the Liter property, just south of Highland Avenue and run a half-block past Seminary Street.

“When we do parks, it’s always nice to separate the night-use people from the day-use people,” Lose said. Putting the campground at the south end of the park would isolate it and give campers a heightened sense of security when leaving their personal belongings in their tents.

Lose and his team plan to start work on the project immediately. The goal is to have construction on the RV park begin in the first week of April and finish by July 1. They hope to begin taking reservations so people can camp in the area for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race in Sparta July 7-9.

“It’s very, very ambitious. If God lets us have a nice spring in May and June with no rain, we can do it,” Lose said.

Lose said the park and camping area will help draw crowds from both Cincinnati and Louisville.

McMurry and the council hope to use grant money to fund most of the park.

“We’re going to look at everything,” he said. The city will have to pay for the campground without grant assistance because of the accelerated timeline the city is looking at.

Lose & Associates mostly designs master plans for parks. They have been doing master plans for 29 years.

Other things Lose presented in his preliminary master plan included a riverwalk, a dog park, a walking path, event lawns, a memorial garden, a river beacon and a large lawn for concerts.

In other business, the council gave McMurry permission to begin negotiating land acquisition along the riverfront. The property the city is targeting belongs to Mary Couch.

The city has been buying property for the past few months to ensure the ability to build the riverwalk.

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