Tuesday September 28, 2010
, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources launched an online survey this week to gain public input as it plans for future uses of the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County. The survey will remain open until Oct. 15.
The survey is available on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Internet site, www.fw.ky.gov. Look for the “Take our ONLINE SURVEY” link along the right margin of the home page, beneath “Connect with KDFWR.” The survey is limited to one per household.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is acquiring the property formerly known as Otter Creek Park. The property, which was formerly operated by the Louisville Metro Parks Department, closed for budgetary reasons in January 2009.
“Otter Creek will provide a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities within easy driving distance to more than a fourth of the state’s population,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dr. Jon Gassett. “We pursued this area to make public land available for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-related recreation at little cost to sportsmen and women.
“Because of the unique facilities already existing on the property, we also hope to offer many of the previous activities available at Otter Creek, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, trail running, camping and picnicking,” he continued.
“A critical point is that Otter Creek must now pay for itself,” Gassett noted. “The cost of operating Otter Creek will no longer be borne by all taxpayers in Jefferson County as before.”
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area will operate like other department programs – visitors who use the area will help pay for its operation and maintenance.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife receives its funding through license sales and other revenues stemming from hunting, fishing, boating and shooting. The department receives no state General Fund tax dollars.
Potential users who participate in the Otter Creek survey will help Kentucky Fish and Wildlife with evaluating its options for the area. This public input, along with other information being obtained by the department, will be used to help determine the future uses of the area.
Survey participants may register to win a $25, $50 or a $100 cash gift card provided by the nonprofit Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Participants can also sign up for e-mail updates about Otter Creek after completing the survey.
Persons without Internet access may call 1-800-858-1549 to request a paper copy and instructions for completing the survey.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information on the department, visit our website at fw.ky.gov.