Duke Energy Awards $10,000 to Southbank Partners

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Joyce Joyce McMullin in In The News
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Duke Energy has awarded a $10,000 grant to Southbank Partners that will support development of The Taylor Creek Overlook, a new riverfront park planned in Northern Kentucky.

Taylor Creek Overlook is being developed on land between Riverboat Row and KY Route 8 on the Newport/Bellevue line. The park will feature an overlook plaza with sculptures, benches and telescopes along with trees and underbrush. Taylor Creek Overlook will ultimately become part of The Riverfront Commons river trail that is being planned along the Northern Kentucky riverfront.

“Duke Energy is pleased to provide this environmental grant that will benefit our customers in Bellevue and Newport,” said Rhonda Whitaker, director, government and community relations,
Duke Energy Kentucky. “We applaud Southbank Partner’s efforts to work with these communities on a project that will enhance the riverbank area between these cities and provide a new green space venue in Northern Kentucky.”

State Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, who represents the Southbank cities of Newport, Bellevue and Dayton, helped secure state funding for the $1.8 million park. Taylor Creek Overlook is still in the design phase. Construction is expected to be completed by late spring or early summer of 2014.

Southbank Partners President Jack Moreland said the project will also improve a large culvert where Taylor Creek in Campbell County flows into the Ohio River on the Newport/Bellevue line.
“Southbank Partners is very grateful for Duke Energy’s continued support of Northern Kentucky’s urban core,” Moreland said. “Development of The Taylor Creek Overlook is another opportunity to complete a portion of Riverfront Commons.”