Tourism board finalizing kayak and bike rental at Mahr Park

Avery Seeger / The Messenger

Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton shows off a kayak and bike that will be availabe for rent at Mahr Park Arboretum. There will be a variety of different kayaks that will be available for rent at the park, including fishing kayaks, sit-in and sit-on kayaks, in order for anyone and everyone to enjoy the kayaks. The kayaks will be housed inside of a 8-foot by 20-foot former freight container that has been transformed to house 10 kayaks that will rest on rollers.

Kayak and bike rentals at Mahr Park Arboretum are inching closer to reality but are still likely to be delayed for another week or two as the city is getting the proper insurance in place.

The Madisonville Tourism City Council Committee and Tourism Board discussed progress and developments with the kayak rentals and container construction during its meeting Thursday night.

The city recently received the 10 kayaks and four bikes that will be available for rent as well as paddles and life jackets.

Reconstruction on a former freight container that will house the kayaks and bikes has been finished, according to Robert Janes, city administrator.

City Parks Director Jeff Duvall told board members that kayak and bike rentals will be available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., but if there are several days that consistently sees no one renting, they

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will likely close rental on those days.

Despite everything moving forward and approaching finalization, no official date has been scheduled.

"We don't have a date set in stone," Duvall said. "It probably be a week or two."

Cotton said the city has sent a draft of liabilities for rentals to the city insurance company and are currently waiting to hear back on that proposal.

"The insurance company is looking at it right now," Cotton said. "There's still a few more details they're working out."

Adam Townsend, city councilman and board chairman, asked Duvall if they had considered again to also implement kayak and bike rentals at City Park. Duvall and Cotton both reiterated that it would be implemented at both parks if Mahr Park sees success with the rentals.

In other business:

The board approved $5,000 for a new scoreboard at Elmer Kelley Stadium as the old one has presented several issues. The board also gave final approval for $125,000 in improvements at Festus Claybon Park.

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