By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
Despite last week’s heavy rains, work on Barbourville’s new splash park attraction at Thompson Park is coming along at a good clip.
Depending on the weather, officials expect the splash park to be completed within the next month.
Mayor David Thompson said some of the work had been delayed due to the wet conditions that plagued the area the past few days, but the concrete work and fencing have been completed, and that other pieces of the park will be put in during the coming weeks.
The splash park is located across the RV parking and setup area, just off Old South Main Street (KY 11). Funding for the splash park came from a federal grant from the Division of Land and Water that Thompson noted was over $19,700.
While the 4th of July celebrations were dampened by the rains in the region, the City of Barbourville had theirs on schedule. Thompson said the annual event — “A tradition in Barbourville” — was held last Thursday at the city’s water park. He pointed out officials watched the radar during the evening and “saw a hole” in the rain and thunderstorms that allowed officials to be able to shoot the fireworks off.
“Our permit from the State Fire Marshall said we had to shoot the fireworks on the 4th. We had them stored and dry, so when we had the opportunity during that dry period, we went ahead and did it,” he said.
Along with the fireworks, those attending the celebration were treated to music provided by a disc jockey, while several vendors, including local churches and organizations, set up booths for food and specialties at the park.
“As far as I can see, it was no different than a Fourth of July over the last few years. We had a great crowd at the park, and 25E had cars lined up to see the fireworks as far as you could see on both sides of town. The crowd size was about the same as in previous years,” said Thompson.