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  • Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
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    • Introduction
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    • Downtown Arena
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    • Main Street Renovations
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    • Marina/Boat Ramp
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    • Rec-plex/Ice Rink
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    • Stadium for Baseball/Concerts
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    • Convention Center/Parking Garage
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    • Other Community Projects
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    • What is the capacity of Local Government to Finance these Projects?

Big Dreams, Big Decisions :

A citizen guide to prioritizing proposed community projects

Marina/Boat Ramp

Marina/Boat RampThe Riverfront Master Plan calls for the existing boat ramp at the foot of Frederica Street to be converted to park and civic space. English Park would be the site for a larger boat ramp with an inland marina, slips, and more. A marina near the Triad Industrial Park is also an option.

Less expensive options include a boat ramp only at English Park or a boat ramp on the former Chevron property near Daviess County Middle School.

Capacity: 75-150 slips

Cost Estimate:
Boat Ramp (Chevron site) $1.8 million
Marina (English Park) $9.8 million
Marina (Triad Park) $14.1 million

Financing Options:
Federal Funds (Riverfront Master Plan)

Economic Impact: construction jobs, recurring operating jobs, out of town visitors, annual local purchasing, increased boating equipment purchases/rentals

Taxes generated: sales tax, payroll tax, hotel taxes, other taxes


  • A quality marina is a natural feature of a riverfront plan
  • Necessary to bring attention back to the river
  • Will attract out-of-town visitors
  • Will boost our community image
  • Could attract spin-off investments (housing, restaurants)
  • English Park is underutilized
  • Would complement stadium at English Park


  • Construction/financing cost
  • Boaters represent a small segment of the community
  • May require an operating subsidy
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