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Wanted: walking, biking trails
Hoptown recreation survey results are in
By Blair Dedrick, New Era Staff Writer
Kentucky New Era, Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More Hopkinsville and Christian County residents are interested in a Rails to Trails project than in a skate park or a pool, the results of a survey from the recreation department show.

The survey was available from late June until the end of July and 519 people responded, recreation commission officials said.

“It might surprise some of the people,” Tony Henson, chairman of the recreation committee, said. “But it’s not really (surprising).

“As long as they’ve been talking about rails to trails, that it spoke so loudly in the survey says it might be something that’ll have to be considered.”

Few people thought that Hopkinsville and Christian County provide enough recreational opportunities, and almost every person surveyed wanted to see new recreational facilities and opportunities in the area.

Rails to Trails projects, where old railway lines are turned into walking, running and biking trails, were the number one potential recreational facility, according to the survey, and more people are already participating in those activities than in any other.

Most people surveyed also feel such opportunities are the most under-resourced in the community, followed closely by soccer, flag football and youth football fields.

The Recreation Commission won’t yet be going forward with any plans based on the surveys, Henson said.

“We want the new superintendent (of Parks and Recreation) to be a part of the survey and to be a part of the commission so we can all grow together,” he said. “We don’t want to go any further until the superintendent can go with us.”

The city got one step closer to hiring a new superintendent last week when the city council passed a budget amendment on first reading funding the position. If it passes on second reading at the next meeting, someone could be hired soon afterwards.

City officials have been interviewing potential hires in the past weeks.

The surveys also showed high interest in potential community playgrounds and parks and soccer and youth football complexes.

A pool, cultural and arts center and a skate park were also ranked. Some other unranked items of interest were tennis courts, disc golf, miniature golf, an indoor sports complex, an ATV park, bowling, ice skating and a dog park.

Other activities those surveyed expressed interest in were parks and playgrounds, pool and water activities, baseball, softball and T-ball, golf and skate boarding.

Blair Dedrick can be reached at 887-3240 or


New recreation director can make good things happen. This is the "opinion" of the Kentucky New Era.

" Gary McIntyre, recently appointed to be the new parks and recreation superintendent for the city, has a huge job ahead of him but we believe that, with his extensive background in recreation, he can handle it. ...

.....We’re especially encouraged by two ideas he’s already mentioned. One is the fledgling Rails to Trails concept, which could soon get up on its legs with McIntyre’s help. The other is the idea to develop some wonderful local opportunities for recreation, the area’s watershed lakes,which soon will be turned over to the city by the Hopkinsville Water Environmental Authority.
Posted by Dixie Moore, Secretary KRTC
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