Warren County’s ‘BeautifI-65′ project wins 2022 Beautify the Bluegrass Award

Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 10:11 AM CDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - Warren County’s “BeautifI-65″ project was awarded the 2022 “Beautify the Bluegrass” Award on Wednesday at a ceremony by Gov. Andy Beshear.

The project was one of five finalists for the award that included the Veterans Memorial Park Beautification Project in Liberty; Eastern Elementary Garden Club in Pleasureville; Lifeline Recovery Center Playground in Paducah and the Hodgenville Elementary School Natural Trail and outdoor Classroom.

Kentuckians selected the winners by casting votes on the Kentucky Living Magazine website.

“Join me in congratulating the recipient of the 2022 to beautify the Bluegrass Governor’s Award, the BeautifI-65 Project Warren County, congratulations,” says Governor Andy Beshear.

Beshear also spoke on what the project entailed.

“This includes planting trees and flowers installing black wood fencing, plus gateway exits with attractive signage and colorful flags,” says the governor.

Johnny Webb, spoke about the project, which he said was a goal of his when he was serving as mayor of Bowling Green, which led to him starting Operation PRIDE in 1993, according to Bowling Green Tourism officials.

“I admire the people that have worked on these things, and I hope this will inspire other communities to do the same thing, so it creates community pride,” he says.

Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon also spoke on the award received.

" I can’t say enough good about Warren RECC, Dwayne McDonald is a great friend, they, they actually nominated us for this project, they understand what BeautifI-65 is doing for the sense of pride within our community, but they also understand what it can do in attracting new people into Bowling Green for driving up by I-65,” he adds.