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Park lodges begin closing early


Kentucky resort park lodges will have reduced hours this winter as a costcutting measure during a budget shortfall.

The state plans to close lodges at 17 parks from 3 p.m. Sunday until 3 p.m. Wednesday. The reduced hours began Sunday and will continue through March 15.

Gil Lawson, spokesman for the Department of Parks, told The Paducah Sun
that the move will save an estimated $1.4 million. He says the reduction was recommended earlier this year as a cost-cutting measure.

Some of the lodges and restaurants with reduced hours include those at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Gilbertsville, Kenlake in Aurora and Lake Barkley in Cadiz.

Marshall County Judge/ Executive Mike Miller said he didn’t think the plan would be good for workers or visitors.

“We have a lot of wonderful people who work at the parks who do a great job for low pay,” Miller said. “This is just going to cut them back even more. It isn’t a good idea. It also is going to be inconvenient for visitors.”

Lawson said the time period was chosen because historically that’s when the resorts have the lowest occupancy.

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