Unless the people of Logan, Muhlenberg and Todd Counties make it happen, the docks at Lake Malone State Park won’t be open this year, said a group of organizers attempting to replace the condemned dock and reopen Memorial Day weekend.
The Kentucky Department of Parks condemned the dock in December 2016, which is old, in bad shape, and in need of an upgrade that will cost $250,000. The state has no money budgeted for the project, therefore the Best Friends of Lake Malone, the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation and the Kentucky State Parks Foundation are working with the State Parks Department to get the docks replaced as soon as possible.
Asking the fiscal court for financial support, Kathy Jacobi of the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation, attended the Tuesday, Feb. 28th Fiscal Court meeting speaking to magistrates about the project. She noted Logan, Todd and Muhlenberg Counties all border the lake, with Logan having 330 property owners on the lake.
“We decided we weren’t going to wait on this project,” said Jacobi. “We have already sent letters to all of the property owners asking for support. The docks are an important part of Lake Malone, and if the citizens all pull together, we can get it done.”
The Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation has already contributed $200,000 towards the project. Both the Greenville and Central City Tourism Commissions have donated, as well as the private sector. Although the Logan County Fiscal Court did not pledge an amount Tuesday, Judge Executive Logan Chick told Jacobi the court would entertain the request and discuss it at the next fiscal court meeting.
“Can you come back with a total of how much has already been collected?” asked magistrate Dickie Carter. “That may help us on deciding how much to contribute.”
The condemned dock is currently the only place on the lake that supplied gasoline for boats. It is the groups hopes when the dock is restored, to upgrade the dispenser. The proposed new dock will be fully handicap accessible. If additional funds are raised, they will all be used for improvements to the campgrounds, beach, and playground at Lake Malone State Park.
For more information on the initiative, you can contact:
Roger Griffin, Friends of Lake Malone 270-657-3111
Gary Jones, Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress 270-338-4102
Kathy Jacobi, Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation 502-855-6944
Molly Caldwell, Kentucky State Parks Foundation 859-351-8430
All donations will be tax deductible.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.