Area park changes from being known for drug activity to hosting family events

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

“It's not known as Perry County Park anymore, the section you're looking at behind me is known as ‘Pill Ville... that's what kids are calling it now,” said Rod Maggard, Former Chief of Hazard Police just over ten years ago.

Since then, some things have changed.
“Beginning in law enforcement back in 2002, we would set up a road block like at the bathroom area, and seemed like every time we did it you could usually find some drugs,” said Jack Duff, Captain of the Perry County Sheriff's Department.

Things were added to the park. The pool re-opened and now many believe it's better for everyone.

“Since we have added some new facilities, like the stage area they redone the pool, they added the skate park there, we see a lot of the families coming back now,” said Don Howard, Perry County Police Chief.

Law enforcement officials say events just like the one going on this weekend help keep a positive family environment going in Perry County Park.

“Anytime you can attract something positive like a bluegrass festival, we used to have a farmer's market here, i think that those things will attract good people, family people,” Duff said.

Those in charge of this festival say they want to try and keep it fun for all ages.

“It's all family-oriented, from two year old up to eighty year old, everybody's having a good time here,” said Gary Joseph, President of the Bluegrass Festival.

“It’s not funny, but it’s kind of like a joke that there's not anything going on here,” said Duff.
“You might have some speeders, some criminal mischief, when it was desolate around here there used to be some riff-raff,” he added.

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