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Big Bone Lick Will Receive $1.1 Million in Improvements

Kentucky Tourism officials announced Thursday that approximately $1.1 million in improvements are coming to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site as part of the state’s Restoring the Finest initiative, which is an effort to make repairs and safety improvements to the Kentucky State Park system. 

The funding for Big Bone Lick State Historic Site includes upgrades to the park’s wastewater treatment plant and improved access to the bison viewing area.

Pat Fox, president of Friends of Big Bone, a nonprofit volunteer group that is dedicated to improving the resources at the historic site, says that the money is going to very important aspects of the park. She said the two that stood out to her were the wastewater treatment plant improvement, and adding WiFi to the site's visitor center, as cellphone service is almost non-existent. 

"If you're looking for cliffs, that's not what this park is all about," Fox said. "Most of its history is underground."

"If you're looking for hiking - yeah - there are some trails here," she continued. "But the real thing is to learn about its history and prehistory."

“We are happy to announce this necessary investment at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site,” said Don Parkinson, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage secretary. “Our Restoring the Finest projects are critical to keeping our state parks safe and attractive to guests. We appreciate the continued support of our parks from Governor Bevin and members of the General Assembly.”

“Our state parks were facing $240 million in deferred maintenance at the beginning of this administration,” said Donnie Holland, parks commissioner. “This funding allows us to make much-needed repairs and improvements for the parks and continue contributing to the tourism economy across Kentucky.”

“Big Bone Lick State Historic Site is a great asset to this community,” said State Senator John Schickel (R-Union). “We appreciate Governor (Matt) Bevin, Secretary Parkinson, and all those in the administration who work with us in the General Assembly to make these projects a reality.”

“This investment to improve the infrastructure at Big Bone Lick Park is desperately needed,” said Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore. “These upgrades will improve the health and safety of park visitors while at the same time protect the environment. We appreciate Governor Bevin and his administration continued investments in our community.”

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County is recognized as the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology. The park has a museum, campground, bison herd, pool, hiking trails and recreational programs. 

Written by Connor Wall, associate editor

Photo: Secretary Don Parkinson, Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet; Commissioner Donnie Holland, Kentucky State Parks; Park Manager Greta Gay, Big Bone Lick State Historic Site; State Senator John Schickel, R-Union; Ron Vanover, Director of Recreational Parks & Historical Sites; Deputy Commissioner John Kington, Kentucky State Parks.