“With just a little stroke of the pen we brought Levi Jackson back home. Now it belongs to the citizens of the city and county and we are so proud that we were able to do that.” Those were the words of Mayor Troy Rudder this morning after the city officially took control of Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, which will now be just Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park since is no longer owned by the state.
Mayor Rudder joined members of the London City Council, London Tourism and state property official Jason Martin at the signing ceremony at city hall. New park superintendent Joey Engle introduced two members of his staff and said they are eager to get started improving the rundown state park.
The city has been working to gain control of Levi Jackson for several years after the state expressed a willingness to give it away due to a lack of money for its upkeep. The city will use tourism funds to maintain and expand the park. The deed represents about 900 acres and includes the Laurel County Fairgrounds and the J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp, which will continue to be leased by the state.