Ben Hawes takeover goes smoothly

The city of Owensboro’s takeover of the operations of Ben Hawes State Park on Thursday went smoothly, according to city manager Bill Parrish.

Parrish said he and other city employees including the public works director and city attorney were on hand to observe city staff opening the course for play at 7 a.m.

Chris Cary (golf course manager) and Amanda Rogers (parks and recreation manager) were there,” Parrish said. “It went smoothly. We’re going to have a real focus on customer service. We’ll manage it to state guidelines.”

The city agreed to operate Ben Hawes for 90 days while the city and state negotiate the city’s purchase of the state office building. When that deal is finalized, the city will take permanent ownership of Ben Hawes State Park.

“That is when you will see a flurry of activity to bring it up to a standard city residents expect,” Parrish said.

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