By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
Work on the site of Sanders Park in downtown Corbin has stopped. And with the construction not finished, the group spearheading the park’s completion wants to make a proposal to the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission to help finish it.
That proposal will be discussed during a special meeting of the Tourism Commission, slated for this Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m., at the Tourism Community Room inside the Chamber office on Depot Street.
“Basically, we ran out of our funding. We’re going to partner with them, by asking the Tourism Commission to take control of completing the park’s infrastructure, while the Friends of Colonel Sanders will refocus their efforts on fundraising for the statue itself,” said Suzie Razmus, a Corbin City Commissioner who also heads up the Friends of Colonel Sanders (FCS), a non-profit organization.
While a good part of the park site is now up, and some of the bricks have been laid on the ground, Razmus added the site at the corner of Main and Monroe Streets still needs railing, landscaping, signage and other work to be completed.
“It’s going to take about $25,000 more to complete the park, and that’s why Tourism is going to partner with us, to see this through the completion,” she said in a phone interview Friday.
Razmus mentioned the Friends of Colonel Sanders has to raise $47,000 for the statue.
“We’ve got some in the bank, but we still have to buy the $2,500 donor plaque. We did raise over $20,000 so far, but we’ve used most of that money on infrastructure at the park already,” she pointed out.
The FCS continue to raise funds for the statue through donations and from the sale of personalized bricks which will be used at the park site.
The statue of Colonel Harland Sanders — who began his connections to KFC in Corbin with a single restaurant, gas station and motel on Route 25W back in the 30s — will be the centerpiece of the park. The area around the statue will be paved with bricks where people can put their names on the bricks by making a donation to the park.
According to their website, the Friends of Colonel Sanders organized in 2009, and were able to get land donated by the Tourism Commission to develop the park site.
“I do know that Tourism has expressed a desire to move quickly on the project, and when it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful and will make the city proud,” Razmus said.
Along with the proposal from Razmus, the meeting’s agenda also lists the board discussing advertising for the position of Tourism Director. Board chairman Sudhir Patel said Friday that board members would review the job description first, before any advertising is done for the position.
Proposal on agenda for Corbin Tourism Commission meeting
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