Millennium Park Receives 2013 Best of Danville Award for Second Year in a Row

NEW YORK, NY, July 15, 2013 -- Millennium Park has been selected for the 2013 Best of Danville Award in the Attractions category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) for the second year in a row.

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of their community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

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MILLENNIUM PARK, 1000 Cunningham Way, Danville, Kentucky

     

Sign at Park Entrance (end of Cunningham Way)                                                Sign at Cunningham Way & Perryville Road

 

A matching grant program between E-on/U.S., the Parks and Recreation Department and the Pride in the Park Committee provides for new trees to be planted in Millennium Park through the Plant for the Planet  project.

   

 

 

  

 CHOCWALK DOG PARK:  This area was named for a Chesapeake Retriever ("Chocolate") who died in the fall of 2005.  His caring owner donated funds to help make the dog park a reality.  This fenced area is located in the northeast section of the park.  The closest parking (and entrance) to this area is at the end of Argyll Woods Drive, off Lannock Drive.

 

YOUTH BASEBALL COMPLEX:   The baseball complex, consisting of 4 youth fields, is built in a wagon-wheel design.  This design hosts play for Cal Ripken Baseball (Majors and Minors) on 2 lighted grass infields with 200' fenced fields.  The Parks and Recreation League T-Ball and Machine Pitch programs play on 2 dirt infields with 165' fields.

 

 

   

 YOUTH FOOTBALL & SOCCER FIELDS:  The soccer complex has six youth and one adult soccer field.  The areas are used for youth flag football, Centre College intramural soccer, and Bluegrass Youth Soccer regular season and "select" programs.    The lighted youth football field, named in honor of  Edwin Kubale, Jr., hosts Parks and Recreation youth football games in the fall and youth soccer games in the spring.

 

   

WALKING TRAILS, BENCHES, LAKE:   The 3 1/2 miles of trails provide walkers, runners, and bikers ample usage of all active and passive areas of the Park.  The outer 2 mile loop of the trail system provides a leisurely 30 minute walk around the park.  Located around the trail system are benches and swings providing peaceful breaks for walkers.

Home to many ducks that provide fun and entertainment for the very young and the young-at-heart users of Millennium Park, the signature facility of the Park is Millennium Lake.  Fishing off the bank is an added attraction to this facility (all government regulations apply regarding fishing licenses) and the lake fountain provides a scenic backdrop to a peaceful setting for the novice or experienced angler. 

Millennium Park Trails

 

 

PLAYGROUND AREAS

 

The central Picnic/Play area of the Park is next to the Community Trust Bank Shelter and contains a variety of play equipment.  This area is for children ages 4-10 and parking/restrooms are next to the site.

The playground area next to the Baseball Complex faces Millennium Lake and is for children ages 4-10.  Parking and restrooms for this area are located in the Baseball Complex.

Another auxillary playground is located near the Football/Soccer Concession building.  Restrooms are located in the concession building, and parking is provided near the building.

 

 

SKATE PARK

The modular skatepark, designed by Skatewave, was opened in September 2004.  It consists of quarter pipes, launch & grind boxes, mini half pipe, launch ramps, rails, tables, spines, and banks.

 

 

PICNIC SHELTERS:    Millennium Park offers two shelters that may be rented through the Parks and Recreation office (110 Man-O-War Drive).  The Community Trust Bank Shelter (left) is near the central playground area and approximate under-shelter accommodation is 25-30.  The Kroger-Rotary Shelter (right) is located near the softball complex and approximate under-shelter accommodation is 50-60.  

 

BIRD SPECIES SEEN IN MILLENNIUM PARK:

                                                     

Horned grebe*, Pied-billed grebe*, Canada goose, Mallard, Northern shoveler*, American coot, Ring-billed gull*, Great blue heron, Sandhill crane, Killdeer, Spotted sandpiper*, Northern harrier, Red-tailed hawk, Turkey vulture, Mourning dove, Rock dove, Belted kingfisher, Pileated woodpecker, Common flicker, Downy woodpecker, Eastern kingbird, Cliff swallow, Purple martin, American crow, Blue jay, Carolina wren, Brown thrasher, Northern mockingbird, American robin, Eastern bluebird, Red-winged blackbird, Brown-headed cowbird, Common grackle, Eastern meadowlark, European starling, House sparrow, Slate-colored junco, Northern cardinal, House finch, American goldfinch, hooded merganser, green heron, cedar waxing, Brewer's blackbird

* Birds seen only once, during migrating season

2008 list compiled by Charles Vahlkamp

 

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