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Anderson-Dean Park Receives $14,000 From Tourist Commission

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Mike Inman (left), chair of the Harrodsburg Mercer County Tourist Commission presented Joni Horn (right), president of the Anderson-Dean Community Park Board, with two checks totaling over $14,000 for operational expenses.

Jennifer Marsh

Herald Staff

The Harrodsburg-Mercer County Tourist Commission delivered two checks to Anderson-Dean Community Park totaling over $14,000 for operational expenses at the park’s regular meeting on Monday.

“Income is way down for everyone, but we hope to be a good partner to the park,” said Mike Inman, chair of the tourist commission. “We are launching a new inclusive website on Friday, Oct. 2. We understand the park is a large tourist attraction and we want recognize that.”

Inman said he believes the park brings more people into Mercer County than people realize. He assured the board the park would be represented in their new marketing plan and website.

In other business:

• Jeremy Turpin and Don Wilburn gave the director’s report outlining future plans for the park.

“We have already started a clean up and made progress,” said Turpin. “I’ve met with Erik Demonbreun of Auto Kustoms about an event for 2021 called Droptoberfest. It will be a three day car show event.”

In addition to the car show, Turpin said he has been talking to a group willing to help update the disc Golf course within the park.

“They are asking us to mow 10 strips of grass,” said Turpin. “They offered to take on the cost and labor of repainting the baskets and upgrading the tees.”

Wilburn said he had also been busy making plans for 2021.

“I was thinking about involving the community more,” said Wilburn. “Specifically with concerts and participating in the 127 Yard Sale event on a much larger scale.”

• The air conditioner unit at the softball field concession stand needs to be replaced. The city has loaned a working unit to the park but it does not provide heat.

“In addition to the softball field, the baseball concession unit froze up,” said Turpin. “I called a guy to come out here and test all the units, do some cleaning and see what we can get fixed before we replace.”

The issues of the units was tabled until an assessment from Turpin could be provided.

The next regular meeting of the Anderson County Community Park Board will be held on Monday, Oct. 12 at noon.

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