Proposed bill could provide financial boost to Kentucky parks


Web Editor - Nick Miller
Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill filled for the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly could provide a financial boost to state parks. 

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Kenny Imes, would allow private companies like restaurants and hotels to lease and develop state park property.

"Many of our state parks have acres of unused and undeveloped property, which has long been a wasted source of taxpayer dollars," Imes said. He believes the bill could increase tourism draw for the state of Kentucky and provide an additional revenue boost to state and local economies.

The bill takes existing law related to private development on property owned and operated by the Kentucky State Fair Board and expands it to land owned by the Kentucky Department of Parks.