FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky residents will now receive a discount for lodging at state resort parks across the state.
The “Kentucky Resident Rate,” announced on Thursday, offers up to 10 percent off the normal lodging rate at the park system’s 17 resort parks. Guests must show a Kentucky driver’s license or some other identification that shows they are a Kentucky resident.
The rate, which will be offered throughout the year, does not include taxes or fees and is subject to availability. The actual discount will vary by date and park.
“Kentuckians love their state parks and this is a small way for us to show our appreciation for their support,” said Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland.
The state resort park system has been undergoing renovations and repairs, as part of the “Refreshing the Finest” initiative, launched by the Bevin Administration in 2016.
Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin traveled to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, for a ceremonial signing of legislation passed by the 2019 General Assembly, which allocates $50 million for projects throughout the park system. This is on top of $38 million appropriated in 2016 for the first phase of the “Refreshing the Finest” initiative.
Bevin has said the investments are already paying off, as more visitors are coming to and staying in state parks across Kentucky, with 18,000 more room nights booked at the state parks in 2018 than in 2017. However, officials have estimated that $246 million is needed to complete needed maintenance and upgrades at the state parks.
At Cumberland Falls, the park’s kitchen has been renovated, and improvements to its wastewater treatment plant are part of the bond issue projects. More than $1 million has been spent in improvements there since 2016.
Other state parks receiving upgrades to wastewater treatment facilities include Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Rough River Dam State Resort Park.
New or repaired roofs and other exterior repairs are being made at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Carter Caves State Resort Park, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Greenbo Lake State Resort Park and Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.
Parks getting utility infrastructure upgrades include Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, General Butler State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site and Rough River Dam State Resort Park.
Utility infrastructure and communications and cabling system upgrades are being made at several locations, as well as hospitality upgrades, with a focus on interior upgrades to items such as furniture, bedding, and painting.
To make reservations and for more information about Kentucky State Parks, log onto www.parks.ky.gov.