Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park undergoing $3 million in renovations
Norman Estes and his family are Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park regulars.
"We usually come every year in August," Estes told Local 6.
This year’s stay will look a little different. The park is currently in the middle of a $3 million renovation project. "We noticed things are getting better down here. I mean, it’s improving," Estes said.
According to Park Manager Scot Ratzlaff, the improvements are needed. Some rooms haven’t been remodeled in more than 15 years.
"I’ll be honest with you, we were looking a little down," Ratzlaff said.
His biggest expense has been replacing 40 HVAC systems throughout the park. Each room is getting new furniture, and the floors are even coming up. The cottages will also see upgrades, including new paint and WiFi.
"It is now an expectation of your average guest to come here and have WiFi Internet in their room. We didn’t have that," he said.
The new furnishings aren’t only a morale booster for guests, but Ratzlaff says it’s also a welcome change for his employees.
"If you can provide a good quality product to a guest who is going to stay here, then you’re more happy to have them stay here," Ratzlaff said.
The roof of the main lobby is also being re-done. That project starts later in August.
Ratzlaff has excess furniture he is willing to give away. Any nonprofit organization looking for furniture can call Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park.