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2022 Beautify the Bluegrass finalists

Congratulations to this year’s finalists! Vote for your favorite project at the bottom of the page. You have until September 2!

Veterans Memorial Park Beautification Project, Liberty – After falling into disrepair for several years, the City of Liberty partnered with Liberty Tourism to bring the park and its fountain back to life. Dozens of community volunteers from groups such as Casey County 4-H and the VFW partnered with the city to restore the park and honor our nation’s veterans.

Eastern Elementary Garden Club, Pleasureville – Kindergarten through 5th Grade students joined teachers, staff, parents, and community members in this effort. Students worked on bird houses, pulled weeds, cleaned out flower beds, planted flowers and vegetables, painted the garden club sign, painted stones and wrote thank you cards to all who donated, working to make their school a beautiful place to learn, have fun and be a kid.

Lifeline Recovery Center Playground, Paducah — Residential clients of this non-profit addiction treatment center have a dedicated playground area for visiting children to play and spend time with their loved ones. Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative employees volunteered their time to add new playground equipment, rubber mulch and two picnic tables, clearing the playground and surrounding area of weeds and trimming surrounding hedges and bushes.

Hodgenville Elementary School Natural Trail and Outdoor Classroom– In addition to ongoing efforts to clean up farm dumps and lakeside trash at McDougal Lake, volunteers with the Knob Creek Conservancy partnered with the LaRue County Solid Waste coordinator to haul out more than 100 tires and tons of trash. The group applied grant funds to build a nature trail and an outdoor classroom in a small, wooded corner at Hodgenville Elementary School for LaRue County students and the community. 

Beautify I-65 project, Warren County – With the support of Bowling Green, Warren County and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Operation P.R.I.D.E. is transforming five Interstate 65 interchanges to raise awareness of the community, attract visitors and boost economic development. The project includes planting trees and flowers, installing black wood fencing plus “gateway” exits with attractive signage and colorful flags. 

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