Dinks and Dunks: The Parks Foundation Lead Project for 2021

Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the country, is coming to Clear Creek Park.  One of the two outdoor basketball courts is going to be converted to a three court pickleball facility while the second will be completely renovated for an all ages play basketball court.

The Shelby County Parks Foundation has adopted this as its lead project for 2021, and the good news is that $31,000 of the $35,000 required has already been raised according to Clay Cottongim, the Foundation’s Executive Director.  The goal is to complete fund raising by May 1 so everyone can enjoy play this summer.  

“It can’t happen soon enough!”   says  Casey Page, Shelby County High School’s PE Teacher.   “Our kids love pickleball.   It is an easy to learn a sport.  All age and ability levels can play. ”    Each year, Page, teaches his students to play and then takes them to the FAC to compete indoors with the senior citizens who play there every morning.    Steve Allspaw, one of those seniors, is looking forward to outdoor play.    “The pickleball courts in Louisville are packed morning, noon and night.  I can guarantee the same thing is going to happen here.”    Page agrees:   “I have kids driving to Frankfort to play.”

If you would like to learn more about the project and/or make a contribution, contact Clay Cottongim at 502 321 0612.

CUB Bank Becomes a Friend

Mimi Ward, Parks Foundation Board Chair, announced today that CUB Bank became a Friend of the Parks at the highest level – Eagle. “We are delighted that CUB sees the value of being a Friend of the Park. CUB has long been a support of our Parks system. They sponsor sports teams and scoreboards, they encourage their employees to volunteer, and have donated land for the Greenway Trail and the future CUB Bank Park on Seventh Street.”

Friends Meet First Goal

Mimi Ward, Chair of the Parks Foundation Board, announced Monday that the Friends Campaign has met its first goal and raised $4500 to give the Pool Party Room a complete renovation. Work will be done in the spring once the roof above the pool has been repaired. What is next on the list? Mimi says a $5000 project of resurfacing the heavily used basketball court next to the white barn is the priority. Become a Friend and you can propose projects for the Friends.

Friends of the Park Campaign Kicks Off

October kicks off the Friends Campaign for Shelby County Parks.  Mimi Ward, Chair of the Parks Foundation explains the purpose of the campaign.   “The goal of the Parks Foundation is to create a fund which can be used to make improvements that aren’t funded by our tax dollars and program fees.   The first priorities are at Clear Creek Park include giving the 20 year old Pool Party room a facelift, resurfacing the basketball court by the white barn that is always in use, and repairing a well- used batting cage.”   Friends will be asked to nominate additional projects. For as little as $25, you can become a Friend of the Park, earn a Perk and attend the annual Friends Fish Fry.  Simply tab over to the Friends Page on this website and sign up.

Riders and Hikers Enjoy Renovations at Shelby Trails

The 4.4 mile Diane’s Trail at Shelby Trails is now wider and safer thanks to the bulldozing efforts of Barry Campbell. Trail work was initiated due to a small encroachment on an adjoining property. Clay Cottongim, Volunteer Parks Consultant, took this opportunity to make major improvements in many sections of the trail including widening, filling in and repairing major washes, and removing dead ash trees. Over 880 tons of rock were used on the trails. While riders face some inconvenience short term as the gravel settles the benefits will last for many, many years.

Explore Clear Creek from the New Barry Campbell Wet Bridge

The squeals of kids can be heard as they play in Clear Creek where the new wet bridge connects the Greenway Trail with North Country, Brentwood and Magnolia Place. The bridge is opens up Phase III of the Trail running behind the Shelby County High School Athletic Complex off Burks Branch Road. To find the trailhead, park on the road as you enter Lake Shelby, follow the trail under the bridge and along Nelson’s Bottom. Where the path forks go straight toward Brentwood and you will soon find the bridge on your left. Follow the .6 mile trail that winds along the creek behind the athletic fields. The bridge is named after Barry Campbell the bulldozer operator who has volunteered countless hours practicing his craft to creating the Greenway Trail.

CUB Bank Salutes Clay Cottongim for Going Beyond Expectations

Serving a volunteer Executive Director of the Parks Foundation, Clay Cottongim is recognized in the October issue of Shelby Life as a CUB Bank’s outstanding community volunteer. In 2018 he logged more than 1000 volunteer hours including hands on labor and mowing at Shelby Trails. He has single handedly raised over $413,000 for Phase II and Phase III of the Greenway Trails. Clay challenges members of the community to join him in serving whether it is coaching youth sports, maintaining trails, teaching fitness classes, or special service projects. “Following your passion and get involved!”

$30,000 needed for grant

An announcement was made in January that the Shelby County Parks Foundation needed $100,000 to match a Recreational Trails Program matching grant. The grant to be used for Phase 3 of the Greenway Trail. The community responded – $71,315 has been donated by individuals and businesses!

Volunteer consultant Clay Cottongim said six of the donations came from anonymous sources, ranging from $2,500 to $22,000. “Those really made the difference in our attempt to match the $100,000,” Cottongim said, quickly adding, however, “Yet all gifts are definitely appreciated – from $15 to $500.”

The Foundation needs to raise the remaining $30,000 so that bids can be issued for the project and break ground in May or June.

NOTE- Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Greenway Trail, c/o Parks Foundation, 717 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville KY 40065.