Grand Rivers Tourism Commission,
PO Box 181, Grand Rivers, KY 42045.
Please note in memo: ORAP Donation
About The Project
The Outdoor Recreation Adventure Project (ORAP) consists of five separate phases that create free or very inexpensive outdoor recreation entertainment for families, visitors, local and surrounding communities to enjoy in Grand Rivers. The project is focused on all-outdoor adventures that create a healthy “play experience” for all ages.
The ORAP includes a musical trail, interactive playground, bike share, mural trail, and splash park. Each phase of the project will be completed as it is funded and in the order of musical trail, playground, bike share, mural trail, and splash park. This project is primarily being funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and businesses. Additional secondary funding will be achieved through Tourism tax collection and the possibility of state and federal grants, county and city contributions.
The project is scheduled to start late-summer of 2021 with a goal of completion in the Spring of 2023, depending on funding and resources.
Project Phases & Details
Music Trail (Phase One)
The Music Trail consists of four to five “musical stations” along the current walking trail from Little Lake Park, through town, to the Grand Rivers Jetty. Artistically designed percussion instruments will encourage walking the sidewalk from lake to lake.
In addition to providing entertainment and activities, studies have shown that outdoor musical trails can be therapeutic for all ages. Easy access to outdoor musical instruments encourages music to deal with emotional issues, offers blind or partially sighted individuals the opportunity to explore musical sound and awareness, and has proven to be a very effective method in dealing with autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
The amount of funding to complete phase one is $35,000.
Park Revitalization (Phase Two)
The Little Lake Park Revitalization will include new interactive playground equipment, benches & sitting areas, play area surfacing, and area fencing.
The new playground equipment in Little Lake Park will be interactive and offer an activity area for children from 2 years old to 12 years old. The playground will including climbing structures, slides, interactive learning areas, modern and traditional play features. The play equipment will have a 40 – 50 kid capacity.
The playground area will be fenced to provide families an easy way to keep an eye on the little ones and designate the play area. Benches and sitting areas will give parents & grandparents a place to relax and enjoy the kids as they explore and play.
The amount of funding to complete phase two is $125,000. Donate
Bike Share (Phase Three)
The Bike Share phase of the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Project features twenty bikes and twenty-five bike stations throughout Grand Rivers. This is the only phase of the project that will require a nominal fee from users. The fee is to ensure the return of equipment and to help cover maintenance expenses. Bikes can be “rented” from any bike station by downloading an app to a smartphone and scanning the bike and can be returned to any station in Grand Rivers.
Bike-sharing offers a great chance for people to choose active, healthy, and fun transportation for short trips. Riding a bike is good exercise, while also getting to where you want to be, whether that’s a trip for groceries, shopping, dining, or following the trail from Lake Barkley to Kentucky Lake. This phase of the project provides an easy and fun way for residents and visitors to use bikes for transportation.
The amount of funding to complete phase three is $36,000
Mural Trail (Phase Four)
The mural trail will feature murals from local artists that depict the history, lakes, and activities of Grand Rivers. A total of five murals are planned to adorn the town from Little Lake Park and town businesses to the Jetty.
The murals will be points of interest for visitors of Grand Rivers to walk or bike from location to location.
The murals will capture the essence of Grand Rivers by artfully sharing Grand Rivers’ history, community, location, and local activities and events. Each mural will be accompanied by an informational plaque that shares details regarding the mural and its representation of “The Village Between The Lakes.
The murals will offer backdrops in photos for visitors and locals alike.
The amount of funding to complete phase four is $60,000. Donate
Splash Park (Phase Five)
The Splash Pad/Park in Little Lake Park next to the new playground to complete the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Project.
The splash pad will have play features that represent the town’s brand and fountain jets. The splash park will be sensor-activated, not only has a conservative effort but to make the area more interactive.
Aquatic play parks bring communities together offering a fun, interactive, and accessible recreational space. The splash park recreation space will provide community enrichment and socialization for all demographics. The splash pad offers opportunities for children’s sensory and mental growth to develop, and families to come together and socialize. Plus, Grand Rivers is all about the water and this is an additional way to bring it to the community and visitors.
The amount of funding to complete phase five (final phase) is $200,000 Donate
Interested In Working With Us On The Outdoor Recreation Adventure Project?
In addition to funding the individual projects monetarily that make up the ORAP, other resources are needed to complete the project. Here is a list of some of the resources that may be needed to complete the Grand Rivers Outdoor Recreation Adventure Project.
- Rock/crushed stone
- Rubber Mulch
- Electrical Supplies
- Plumbing Supplies
Any contribution that may be available is greatly appreciated and will significantly aid in the completion of the ORAP.