Ohio River City Moving Forward on RV Park Plan

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February 14, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The city of Carrollton, Ky., held the first of two public forums Thursday night (Feb. 10) for input on what people would like to see in Point Park.

The initial plan includes developing an RV park and campground along the Kentucky River and a riverwalk that would wind along both the Ohio and Kentucky rivers, The Madison (Ind.) Courier reported.

Carrollton hired Lose & Associates Inc. at a special meeting of the City Council on Feb. 3. Lose came up with a concept plan for what the park could potentially look like, and presented that to the group of around 30 people Thursday night. Around one-third of the people present were elected officials.

After a short presentation from David Lose, president of the Lose architecture firm, the crowd was split into three groups to discuss what additions or subtractions they thought would be needed in the area.

Among the things Lose presented in his preliminary master plan were the camping area, the riverwalk, a dog park, a walking path, event lawns, a memorial garden, a river beacon and a large lawn for concerts.

The three groups collaborated for about 20 minutes and then presented their ideas to the architects.

One thing all the groups wanted to see was an incorporation of history. Point Park played a pivotal role in the settling of Carrollton and the county, so history would have to play a big part in the park, they said.

Another suggestion was to make sure the campground did not become a permanent housing area for some people. The campground would be easily visible from the Prestonville-Carrollton bridge, and could become an eyesore for the city if people stayed too long.

Other thoughts that were presented at the meeting included:

  • A marina along the Kentucky river.
  • An outdoor classroom to study Kentucky plants.
  • Shaded picnic areas with grilling spots.

The concept plan presented by Lose & Associates is part of the $7,500 the city spent on the designing of the project. That fee also includes another concept plan, the public forums and other presentations the firm will need to make.

Lose and his team plan to quickly continue work on the project. The plan is to have construction on the RV park begin in the first week of April and end by July 1.

The goal is to begin taking reservations so people can camp in the area for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race July 7-9 in nearby Sparta.

The next public forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at City Hall.

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