Poker Pedal in June

Pedal from Clear Creek Park Amphitheatre through scenic Shelby County KY to support Phase 2 of the multi-purpose Greenway Trails under construction along Clear Creek… as featured on the downtown mural featured on this site, painted by Carole Powell.

A $100,000 matching grant has been received from the state so we need about $80,000 to start construction on Phase 2. Every dollar from the Park’s Poker Pedal will help!

Riders can register online at Late registration fee $10 more after midnight May 27.   Stops along each route 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 awarded for this non-competitive ride.

*62 mile …$45 registration fee

*40 mile …$45 registration fee

*21 mile …$20 registration fee

*2 to 8 miles …$8 registration fee single; $24 for family of four; $6 each additional family member; children 5 and under free

“We will gather at Clear Creek Park’s Amphitheater, 717 Burks Branch Road for the adult routes. There are some major hills, otherwise, it’s as flat as a biker could imagine!” Parks volunteer Dee Maynard explained. “The short routes are ideal for children and families who want a secure and safe route since it winds through the park and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Raindate will be Sunday, June 4, but, in keeping with the poker theme, we are betting on good weather and nice temperatures this year. We have already been handed a winning hand, thanks to our corporate sponsor Shelbyville Chiropractic & Rehab Center and sponsorships from Shelby Tourism Commission, Clear Creek Conservation Trust and Fit4Less.

For information, contact Clay Cottongim, 502-437-5244/502-321-0612.

$100,000 grant

UPDATE- Even though we received this great $100,000 grant from the state… it is a matching grant, which means we need about $80,000 before construction can begin on Phase 2 of the Greenway Trail.

Shelby County Parks Foundation was established in 2011 to play a major role in maintaining, enhancing and expanding local parks. “The city/county network of parks and greenspaces represent the spirit of our citizens – a commitment to a rich quality of life through healthy, active, engaged neighborhoods,” said Mimi Ward, chair of the foundation.

She and Parks Grant Writer/Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim are happy to report that Governor Matt Bevin has supported the commitment by awarding a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program matching grant. The Recreational Trails Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. Grants may be used to provide assistance for acquisition of easements; development and/or maintenance of recreational trails; and trailhead facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use.

The state’s philosophy in providing these grants is two-fold: promoting physical activities for citizens and promoting tourism activities in various communities. Judge-Executive Dan Ison said, “This is quite a compliment to Shelby County to receive this grant from the state. State grants are hard to obtain so this speaks highly of the quality of this program.”

The $100,000 matching grant awarded to Judge-Executive Ison, Fiscal Court and Parks will be used on Phase 2 of the Greenway Trail. 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.

Phase 1 received $50,000 from J. Clifford Todd toward that federal/state matching grant along with over $50,000 in other private and other agency donations. His interest in riding bicycles prompted the formation of the Park’s Poker Pedal event last May. Cottongim said a little over $5,000 was raised at the event, despite rain and cold temperatures last year. The committee has set this year’s June 3rd event goal at $25,000.

He and parks foundation directors knows there is excitement about the extension of the Greenway Trail. “We have had hundreds of users on the one-mile trail – everything from babies in strollers to people in wheelchairs to runners,” Cottongim explained about the Phase 1 Greenway Trail that has been popular with citizens of all ages. James and Janet Heady admit they’re too old to walk the trail in cold weather but typically they went three days a week. She said, “We walk the entire length and will be glad when we can go on the next phase.”

When Dr. Dan Bowersox donated a tract of land for the Phase 1 trail, Cottongim learned from the optometrist’s employees that several walk the path every day at lunch. A wooden stairway behind City Hall on Washington Street is accessible to the creek-side path.

Parks Foundation volunteers are now seeking donations to match the $100,000. Judge-executive Ison said Fiscal Court is happy to provide its financial allotment as well as in-kind services for the project. He hopes citizens will also get on board, “In order for the parks system to grow, we need a commitment for donations and a commitment for participation in activities.”

Others have expressed appreciation for the Greenway Trail, according to Cottongim, because “The seasons can be enjoyed from a different vantage point since you are eye-to-eye with Clear Creek. People are also face-to-face with nature and exposed to wildlife even though they are in the middle of town. Several have said they wished that phase was longer. Now their wish has come true because the new phase will add two more miles!”

Gala supports Shelby Trails

UPDATE- We are thrilled with reservations that have already been made! May 20 will be here before you know it, so the Parks Foundation has made it easy: register online for this first annual event in support of capital improvements and upgrades at Shelby Trails Park! CLICK:

Deeded to the parks system in 2010 by Dr. Roger & Diane Shott of Anchorage, a 462-acre piece of land at 5063 Aiken Road in Simpsonville became Shelby Trails… and became a magnet for those wanting to hike, ride horses, and even receive riding lessons.

The property features 21 dedicated, groomed, hiking and horseback riding trials; a beautiful 32-stall barn; and an indoor and outdoor arena for year-round riding. However, Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim said improvements are needed so funds are needed as well.

Katie Crotzer is serving as committee chair for a fund-raising event called Boots & Bridles. The equestrian gala will take place Saturday, May 20 at historic Undulata Farm, 1600 Zaring Mill Road in Shelbyville. She said, “We appreciate the cooperation and generosity of ‘Hoppy’ Bennett, who with his brother, R.H., are well known in the horse community. Opening up his stable for our event will add a touch of horse and a touch of history.”

There will be a dinner, cocktails, live auction, silent auction and door prizes. Entertainment will be provided by J.D. Shelburne, who is called “Kentucky’s Country Rocker.” Shelburne’s website reports “Shelburne grew up on a tobacco farm in Taylorsville. At age 19, he found a guitar after the death of his grandmother and began learning to play and sing on his own. By his sophomore year of college, he had found a few gigs at some local bars in the Louisville/Lexington, area and developed a fan-base that eventually landed him on some of the biggest stages in the business, opening for some of the nation’s hottest stars…”

To make the event happen, Cottongim and members of the Shelby County Parks Foundation are looking for sponsors who will receive recognition at the event and on marketing materials… as well as passes to Shelby Trails Park. Individuals are also encouraged to make plans to attend with tickets costing $75 or a table of eight for $600.

Cottongim emphasized that all donations are tax-deductible since the Shelby County Parks Foundation has charitable status. For more information, contact Cottongim 502-437-5244 or 502-321-0612.

He said, “Thank you for being part of the commitment to make a rich, quality of life experienced through healthy, active, engaged neighborhoods… and the lasting legacy you will leave for Shelby County. See you on the Trails!”