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C-J: Group Wants to Reopen Otter Creek by stateofthecommonwealth

The Courier-Journal ran a story this morning on the Friends of Otter Creek Park meeting from Monday:

Members of a new coalition called Friends of Otter Creek Park are working on several fronts to try to persuade city officials to reopen the 2,300-acre, city-owned park in Meade County.

Mayor Jerry Abramson’s administration closed the park last week in a move to save about $180,000 to help offset a projected $20 million revenue shortfall this fiscal year. City officials say the park will remain closed indefinitely.

Several hundred people attended a meeting at the Southwest Government Center on Dixie Highway Monday night to discuss what can be done to reopen the park.

Those in attendance passed a resolution to incorporate as Friends of Otter Creek Park, according to the group’s Web site,

They elected Donnie Basham, Joel Hunt, William Mudd, John Oliver, Bill Ralls and Angie White to a board of directors. They also elected Dave Baker as secretary and Kim Lucas as treasurer.

Patsy Bowman, who helped with the organizational effort, confirmed the information on the Web site.

The supporters set up several committees and will meet again at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Southwest Government Center.

The group hopes to offer the mayor a list of suggestions and ideas for reopening the park.

More than 5,500 people have signed up on a Facebook page in support of reopening the park.

If you’ve heard about us but still haven’t gotten involved, there’s no time like the present!


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Comment by Trevor

The CJ published my article online yesterday on their website. Go to Neighborhoods, click on Southwest and scroll down. Although they misspelled my last name, I’m glad it’s on there.

Comment by Brian Tucker

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