City of Henderson Announcements

Posted on: October 3, 2017

Henderson receives 2017 Community of the Year Award at GRADD annual dinner

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HENDERSON, Ky. – The City of Henderson was named 2017 Community of the Year on Monday, Oct. 2, at the 49th-annual Green River Area Development District annual dinner.

Mayor Steve Austin accepted the award on behalf of the City of Henderson, which was nominated for its Vision Henderson project and the entire community’s ongoing work to put that plan into motion addressing some of the issues identified in the process that began in late 2014.

In just the last year, the work of the Vision Plan has resulted in:

  • A study to evaluate our sports and recreation needs, including the creation of a new sports complex and the viability of a community meeting space.
  • The opening of a new park and splash pad in the East End that serves as a complement to programs at the recently launched Audubon Kids Zone. The park contains a 48-foot by 5-foot mural designed and created by art students at Henderson County High School.
  • The addition of accessible playground equipment in both Central Park and Newman Park in a collaboration of the City and a Henderson Leadership Initiative project.
  • The launch of a new brand for Henderson: “Discover Your Nature.” Several sub-groups of the Henderson Branding Board are at work on projects to incorporate the brand in such initiatives as a new guide for tourists, a complementary guide for newcomers and a hospitality certification program.
  • The opening of a new nature trail within the City limits along Canoe Creek and bordering Henderson Corporate Park.
  • The creation of a networking group for the arts called “Create Henderson.”
  • The launch of a Community Calendar Hub that serves as a “master calendar” for events.
  • Regular meetings of a “synergistic” group with representatives of the City, Kyndle, Henderson County Tourist Commission, Henderson City-County Planning Commission, Downtown Henderson Partnership, Henderson Area Arts Alliance, Henderson Board of Realtors, Rotaract and others that is working on building community collaboration skills.
  • New events in downtown Henderson including a summer weeknight Farm and Artisan Market and a First Friday pop-up arts event with food trucks at lunchtime. New City ordinances also paved the way for sidewalk dining, food trucks and relaxed alcohol sales during permitted events.

“We are very proud to be selected for GRADD’s Community of the Year Award,” said Mayor Austin. “There was a lot of hard work and community investment that went into -- and continues to go into -- the Vision Plan. It’s good to see the community at work putting it into action.”

Henderson’s Vision Process was previously showcased and won an award for excellence from the American Planning Association, Kentucky Chapter.

GRADD’s annual dinner took place in Owensboro at Reid’s Orchard.

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