The City of Leitchfield is looking to expand parking at Leitchfield Aquatic Center within the next year.
During the regularly scheduled, Tuesday, July 28 Leitchfield Tourism Commission meeting, City Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson presented two proposed options for expanding the parking at Leitchfield Aquatic Center (LAC), located at 201 East Carrol Gibson Blvd.
“There’s definitely a need,” said Johnson of the additional parking spaces.
Both options—presented by Jonathan P. West, P.E., of Elizabethtown—would provide an additional 116 parking spaces, and the current goal is to have the expanded parking be completed by the 2016 LAC season.
The major difference between the two proposed options is that Option A includes extending Carrol Gibson Boulevard, which results in a significant price increase.
Option A is estimated to cost a total of $196,904.40.
Option B, which does not include extending Carrol Gibson Boulevard, is estimated to cost $134,289.10, and this cost was included in the Leitchfield Tourism Commission’s Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.
The Tourism Commission would be able to afford the cost of Option A, which, Johnson said, would also be a benefit to the planned Leitchfield ballfields and American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park because the road would extend to those areas; however, other budgeted items might have to be cut to cover the additional cost, such as the second slide at LAC, which is estimated to cost $175,000.
With this in mind, Johnson said she is exploring further options outside of the two proposed this week for expanding LAC’s parking, as well.
The Tourism Commission took no official action regarding the approval of either Option A or Option B and decided instead to table the discussion regarding the aquatic center parking expansion for a future meeting to allow for additional time to research other options and gather more information.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.