Calling it an “adventure tourism paradise,” Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear re-opened Otter Creek Park Wednesday.
The Meade County park was previously run by Louisville Metro Government, but the city closed it at the beginning of 2009 due to budget cuts.
The park will now re-open under the operation of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Admission is no longer free. It will cost $3 to enter the park. Governor Beshear says that money will not go into the state’s general fund.
“That revenue will be used to maintain the park and to operate the park, and obviously I think Fish and Wildlife will probably put more money into it than the small fees will bring, but the fees should at least help support the maintenance of the park,” he says.
Beshear says he’s not sure how much it will cost to operate the park, but when Metro Government ran it, Otter Creek cost the city about half a million dollars every year.