14. Magoffin County, Kentucky: Stage Our Talent Fiscal Agent: City of Salyersville

This project continues to build upon activities designed to put in place amenities to support the city’s application to become a certified Kentucky Trail Town. During the 2016 cycle of Flex-E-Grants, the City of Salyersville engaged youth in the design and installation of a wayfinding system that makes use of QR Code technology. This system enables the city to better capitalize on its proximity to the Dawkins Line Rail-to-Trail project and helps visitors discover the distinct history of the community.

The current project builds upon previous downtown development efforts by establishing a community gathering and performance space within a vacant greenspace located in downtown Salyersville. Project activities include the construction of a gazebo through volunteer labor to serve as the organizing center of what will officially become a community park. Long-term plans include establishing an arboretum and botanical garden on the selected site.

The resulting structure will be used as the epicenter for recurring community programming and events, including bi-weekly musical outdoor musical performances, 4th of July festivities, Chautauqua performances organized by the Magoffin County Civil War Committee, and the city’s Heritage Days Festival that includes a Watermelon Social.

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