FRANKFORT – Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland signed a lease with Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton for a portion of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Thursday. The City of Prestonsburg will utilize the leased land to reopen a swimming pool and offer other recreational attractions.
The lease covers a small portion of the park where the park’s community pool and a skylift were located. Both have been closed for several years. In addition to reopening the pool, the city plans to build a zipline and an aquatic playground on Dewey Lake. The new amenities will be available to state park guests.
“We are delighted to enter into this agreement that will offer more recreational opportunities for Prestonsburg and the state park,” Parkinson said. “It will be beneficial for the community and the park.”
“This lease will be a boost to our marketing efforts for Jenny Wiley State Resort Park,” Holland said.
The new attractions are scheduled to open in 2018. Under the terms of the lease, the state parks will receive a percentage of fees paid by visitors.
“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to reopen the swimming pool and develop additional activities that will bring guests to the park, city and our area,” Stapleton said.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is located on 1,100-acre Dewey Lake. The park has a lodge and conference center as well as fishing, boating, marina, swimming, elk viewing tours and other recreational opportunities. The park also has cottages, a campground and dining.