PRESTONSBURG – With the decline of the coal industry, small cities and governments are looking to other industries to generate revenue and provide resources and funds . The City of Prestonsburg has been looking at promoting tourism and utilizing its beautiful landscape and local resources to attract tourists and make the Star City a popular destination. One of the newest tourism projects to be discussed is a zip line amusement at Jenny Wiley State Park.
The City of Prestonsburg is in negotiations to lease approximately 100 acres of the park which officials confide may likely include zip line tours and other projects to generate excitement about the city and state park.
In February, Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton met with Jenny Wiley State Park Manager Julian Slone and Deputy Counsel for Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Jean Bird to review proposed plans that will promote adventure tourism and potentially create several jobs.
“This proposed plan will really create a great opportunity for Prestonsburg and make us an even more attractive tourist destination,” said Stapleton. “The East Kentucky Science Center, StoneCrest Golf Course, beautiful hiking trails, along with Paddlefest make Prestonsburg a great place to visit. This year, we will also be working with Paintsville Tourism to host the second Kentucky Waterman Series of the year.”
The City of Prestonsburg is currently seeking grants and funding options for construction of the proposed zip line.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.