2020 Christmas tree lighting at Town Center Park.
Another milestone was reached this week in the ongoing development of Whitley Branch Veterans Park.
With the installation of several bridges and pavement of the last sections of the walking track, the park now has 2.25 miles of track for walkers and runners to enjoy.
Next up in the development of Whitley Branch is the construction of 40 additional parking spaces and a pickleball court on the lot next to Southeast Farm Supply on Dixie Street.
A new perimeter fence will be installed when those projects are completed.
London Parks and Recreation Director Mackey Williams said the expansion of Whitley Branch was necessary due to the overwhelming popularity and use of the park.
He also noted that the latest project came in about $40,000 under budget.
All City of London playgrounds, splash pads, and basketball courts will officially re-open on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 – except the London-Laurel Co. Wellness Park due to parking lot construction at Somerset Community College and roadway construction at the entrance of the park. The Wellness Park will re-open on July 10th, 2020.
***UPDATED ON MONDAY, MARCH 30TH, 2020***
On the advice of the Laurel County Health Department, all City of London playgrounds and basketball courts are now closed until further notice. Walking trails will remain open at this time.
Stay strong, stay aware and stay safe.
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The Campground at Levi Jackson is open! For NEW Reservations there is a 20% discount from now until the end of April. No better place to be than outdoors! To view availability visit our website www.levijacksonpark.com or www.bookyoursite.com. Our campground store is open for anything you may need. Please use the check-in window and one of the clerks will be happy to get you whatever items you may need.
Due to the COVID 19 virus we are taking a few extra precautions: Effective Tues 3/24/20 the campground store will be open as a walk-up only. We will be happy to get whatever items you need but we will not allow anyone to enter from the outside. We are also doing our part sanitizing our playgrounds and bathhouses more frequently to ensure everyone’s safety.
We ask that you help us do the same. We appreciate our campers and our citizens that utilize Levi on a daily basis.
The Christmas tree at Town Center Park and Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park, with all its wonderful scenes, have added immensely to the festive atmosphere in London this holiday season.
“With just a little stroke of the pen we brought Levi Jackson back home. Now it belongs to the citizens of the city and county and we are so proud that we were able to do that.” Those were the words of Mayor Troy Rudder this morning after the city officially took control of Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, which will now be just Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park since is no longer owned by the state.
Mayor Rudder joined members of the London City Council, London Tourism and state property official Jason Martin at the signing ceremony at city hall. New park superintendent Joey Engle introduced two members of his staff and said they are eager to get started improving the rundown state park.
The city has been working to gain control of Levi Jackson for several years after the state expressed a willingness to give it away due to a lack of money for its upkeep. The city will use tourism funds to maintain and expand the park. The deed represents about 900 acres and includes the Laurel County Fairgrounds and the J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp, which will continue to be leased by the state.
Work on the new Town Center Park next to London Elementary is progressing nicely under the supervision of Craig Mullins Construction of London. The stage area at the top of the park is taking shape, along with the restroom complex and drainage network.
At it’s regular monthly meeting Monday evening, City of London Tourism awarded a contract to architect David Zawko of Deco Architects to design a permanent shade structure, with artistic notes, in the center of the park and a matching clamshell cover over the stage.
Construction on the Town Center Park should be finished later this year.