Flood-Ravaged Park Receives ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ Award

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Credit: Beattyville Tourism

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Electric Cooperatives announced the restoration of Beattyville City Park as the winner of the 2021 Beautify the Bluegrass Governor’s Award.

More than 45 Jackson Energy Cooperative employees volunteered 630 hours over a two-day span to help restore the Beattyville City Park after it was submerged and devastated by historic flooding earlier this year. The park was left in total disarray and was no longer safe for children in the community. The flood waters damaged fencing, ruined equipment and left mounds of sand that covered everything from the top of the slides to the gutters on the shelter. 

Under the guidance of Beattyville Mayor Scott Jackson, Jackson Energy Cooperative employees worked alongside several City of Beattyville employees to reconstruct the required safety fall-zone around each piece of play equipment, shoveled tons of sand and a truckload of mulch, repaired fencing, pressure-washed the play equipment and shelter building, revitalized the landscaping and added a final touch of paint.