$10,000 to Greenway Trail

The Shelby County Parks Foundation has received a $10,000 donation so construction will definitely begin this fall along Clear Creek off North Seventh Street where the Citizens Union Bank Community Park sign has been erected. That was the final amount needed to match the $100,000 grant from the state.

The funds came from Dan Burk and his wife, Linda Hill, owners of Farrier Product Distribution on Haven Hill Road.

The parks foundation held a fund-raiser for the Greenway Trail in June that allowed adults to bicycle along county roads and for families to bicycle in the park and nearby neighborhoods. Those events brought in $5,000 and attracted an anonymous $40,000 gift. Burk said, “We decided we wanted to help.”

$45,000 for Greenway Trail

Construction should begin on the Phase 2 of the Greenway Trail along Clear Creek off North Seventh Street – thanks to those who participated in bicycle ride fund-raisers June 3 and an anonymous gift of $40,000.

Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim was overwhelmed when an individual approached him as a result of the Parks Poker Pedal and Parks Pedal Party events earlier this month. “The person was willing to give the money as long as it remained anonymous… and in the spirit that it would be a challenge to others to meet that amount so the Phase 2 plans could move forward,” he said.

The Shelby County Parks Foundation received a $100,000 matching state grant. This anonymous gift and the $5,000 raised by the cyclists leaves about $11,000 that still needs to be collected. Cottongim said individual donations have been received ranging from $50 to $1,000 – along with an anonymous $10,000 and $5,000. Cottongim explained that a tract of land valued at about $65,000 was donated by Citizens Union Bank as well.

“We are thrilled to see the positive response from the public. It shows Phase 1 was a welcomed addition to the parks system and that citizens want more,” Cottongim said, explaining that tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Parks Foundation, 715 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville KY 40065.

WOOFSTOCK helps Bark Park

Mark your calendars now for the Shelby County Parks Foundation’s fifth annual WOOFSTOCK event on September 16th at Michael Kay’s Bark Park in Red Orchard Park located at 704 Kentucky Street in Shelbyville. There will be events, competitions, fun and games for the whole family, especially your dogs! Dog events will include lure coursing, dog trick contests, doggie demonstrations, fashion contests and more for four-legged friends. There will also be booths of all kinds, food, music including live bands and other forms of entertainment for two-legged friends.

Camp Hi-Ho will again be the main sponsor, but there is plenty of opportunity to sponsor an activity, competition or another item for the dogs, according to Chairperson Cynthia Cottongim.  Sponsors for each event, vendors and volunteers are needed; proceeds will benefit the Shelby County Parks Foundation to continue improvements for the Bark Park.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at $50, with your name included on everything from banners to ads and T-shirt advertisement. Booth spaces are also available for $30. Individuals and businesses can contact Cottongim at 321-0282. Items are also being solicited for the silent auction, being coordinated by Beth Wood, who can be reached by calling 321-2549 to donate items. All donations are tax-deductible.

Cottongim said, “Last year we had 200+ who attended for a day of tail-wagging fun! Committees are already working hard preparing for the event. Let’s make this a great day for the dogs and the Shelby County Parks Foundation!”

Boots & Bridles 2018 date set

The sawdust has barely settled at Undulata Farm where the Boots & Bridles Equestrian Gala was held May 20. The fund-raiser for Shelby Trails Park was deemed a success so the Shelby County Parks Foundation has already set the date for 2018: May 19. The dinner, auction and concert will take place again at Undulata and Kentucky’s country rocker JD Shelburne has agreed to perform again. Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim said, “So mark your calendars now so you can make plans to attend or become a sponsor for this event.”

Register now for Pedal events

“Put your pedal to the pavement” could be send-off cheer for the second annual Park’s Poker Pedal and Park’s Pedal Party events planned for Saturday, June 3. Starting at the amphitheatre at Clear Creek Park, the two bicycle events will benefit the second phase of the Greenway Trail off North Seventh Street.

Parks consultant Clay Cottongim said hundreds have enjoyed walking, hiking, biking and jogging along the first Phase of the Greenway Trail that winds its way along Clear Creek. The second phase has received a $100,000 matching grant toward which land and monetary donations have been made. However, Cottongim said the goal for the June 3 activities is to bring in $25,000. The overall master plan will take the Greenway Trail eventually to Red Orchard Park.

This two-mile stretch is off North Seventh Street, starting at the Seventh Street bridge and running around behind Calvary Cemetery, school and private properties to connect to Lake Shelby. The Park’s Pedal Party will use some existing paved trails from the park to Lake Shelby and to adjacent neighborhoods. It travels 2 to 8 miles with a $8 registration fee single; $24 for family of four; $6 each additional family member; children 5 and under free.

The Poker Pedal takes cyclists on county roads with various stops that provide refreshments, a History Quiz with prizes at the end for those with the most correct answers, and a draw for cards to create the prize winning poker hand. Prizes also awarded for this non-competitive ride. The routes and registration fees are:

*62 mile …$45 registration fee

*40 mile …$45 registration fee

*21 mile …$20 registration fee

The Park’s Poker Pedal begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Park’s Pedal Party beginning at 10 a.m. (Raindate is June 4). Riders for both non-competitive events can register online at Late registration fee is an additional $10. Registration forms can also be obtained at Clear Creek Park.

Questions can be directed to Cottongim: 502-437-5244 or 502-321-0612.

Greenway Trail donations

The Parks Foundation is closer to reaching its $100,000 matching grant from the state! Two anonymous donations have been made toward the Phase 2 Greenway Trail project: $5,000 and $10,000. Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim said, “It is gratifying to know individuals and/or groups believe in our vision for this accessible trail. We just hope this generates even more contributors!”

About $40,000 has been raised for the two-mile stretch from North Seventh Street to Lake Shelby. Cottongim said one design being worked out is to develop a wet bridge from the Trail to connect to the existing path toward Brentwood subdivision and Painted Stone Elementary.

The Park’s Poker Pedal and Park’s Pedal Party on June 3 will also designate funds for the Greenway Trail. Registration for both events is due May 27. You may register online at or pick up a form at the Family Activity Center, 717 Burks Branch Road, Clear Creek Park, Shelbyville.

If you simply want to make a monetary donation to the Greenway Trail, the tax-deductible gifts can be mailed to the above address. Cottongim said, “Some families earmark their gifts as memorials or honorariums. We are happy to acknowledge both since these gifts are lasting legacies in our community.”