A Mini-Post about Mini-Grants for Walkable Communities in Kentucky

I was pleased to learn this morning of a funding opportunity, albeit small, through the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Ten Kentucky cities will receive $2,000. According to the press release:

We move more when we have inviting places to be active. But there are still neighborhoods where personal safety is an issue, communities without adequate sidewalks, and business districts that don’t connect with one another or residential areas. Creating walkable communities starts with knowing what your community wants to change and where they want to walk. When people are invested at the very beginning and contribute to the creation of a solution, their efforts are more successful and sustainable.

If Paducah takes the walkable tact, the grant would fund:

  1. Developing a community readiness assessment.
  2. Developing a community asset map.
  3. Developing a community engagement plan.
  4. Developing a pedestrian plan.

It would be hard to overstate my support for this idea, though it should be noted that Farmer’s Markets are also eligible for funding. I would be happy to see our local market enhanced as well.

Read more on my thoughts about grant funding for a more bikeable walkable community here, and more on the subject in general here .

By | 2017-12-26T00:41:12+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Bikeable/Walkable|1 Comment

About the Author:

Eddie Jones is a candidate for Commonwealth Attorney. Eddie began his legal career as a prosecutor in the United States Army JAG Corps. Presently, Eddie Jones is a practicing attorney in Paducah, Kentucky at the law firm of Boehl Stopher & Graves and also serves as a County Commissioner in his community of McCracken County, Kentucky. His background includes service in the United States Army and an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Evangel University along with a Law Degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Eddie is interested in working to make Paducah and McCracken County more sustainable through bikeable/walkable neighborhoods, tourism including sports tourism, and the development of public/private partnerships including a focused, transparent plan for regional economic development.

One Comment

  1. Becky September 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    It would be great if S Friendship Rd could have sidewalks or a trail along side of the road to have as a bike trail n a walking trail. It is not safe to ride or walk. Have u thought about using old train tracks? They make great trails. I came from a place that used the old tracks and it was great.

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