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:
- Developing a community readiness assessment.
- Developing a community asset map.
- Developing a community engagement plan.
- 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.