April 28, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHELBYVILLE, KY — Senior officials at Citizens Union Bank announced today plans to donate 21.62 acres of land to the Shelby County Parks Foundation and the Shelby County Parks and Recreation Board. The property lies on 7th Street, close to the current Clear Creek Park, home of Shelby County Parks & Recreation Department. The Parks & Rec Board plans to use the property to expand Phase II of the Clear Creek Greenway to Lake Shelby from the 7th Street Bridge once they secure additional grants and other forms of in kind donations. Other plans and needs for the property will be studied in the future but could include combination Football/Soccer Fields, parking and a pavilion with restrooms.
David Bowling, CEO of CUB Bank, expressed his organizations support of Shelby County Parks & Recreation Board and the Shelby County Parks Foundation. “It is important to us at CUB, as the county’s only locally owned Bank that we continue to give back to Shelby County. We believe that by donating this land we can benefit our customers, employees and their families for years to come.”
Clay Cottongim, past Director of the Parks & Recreation and now Parks Consultant stated that the Parks Board has applied for several grants over the years to purchase the land but various circumstances have not allowed for the grants to be utilized nor secured for this property. “The property is very valuable to the Parks System due to the close proximity to Clear Creek Park for maintenance and security purposes. It is also important that we preserve all the greenspace we can for our children and grandchildren. This land is also very much needed for the continued growth of the athletic programs at Clear Creek Park.”