1821-Jones Cabin (currently located at Yellow Creek Park) was constructed on Jones Road, just east of Yellow Creek Park
1876-Pleasant Grove School (currently located at Panther Creek Park) was located on KY HWY 56; behind what was to be Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (Church constructed on ground originally donated by JP Crabtree)
1919-Rosenwald School (currently located at Yellow Creek Park) originally built on KY HWY 764 in Pleasant Ridge, KY.
1936- Rosenwald School closes / Students attending schools in rural communities in Daviess County were consolidated with African-American schools in the city of Owensboro.
1937- Pleasant Grove School closed upon completion of Sorgho Consolidated Elementary School
9/13/50- Riverside Estes subdivision established (currently located on KY HWY 144); lots 85 & 86 dedicated to Daviess County Fiscal Court for the use of a playground for new neighborhood residents. (Currently maintained as Redbud Park)
4/74- University of Kentucky College of Agriculture develops Thruston Community Park Plans, later to be known as Yellow Creek Park.
4/10/74- John Stone agrees to sell 59.77 acres of land behind the Thruston School, located on KY HWY 144, to Daviess County Fiscal Court for the total sum of $80,000. (Thruston Community Park – later to be known as Yellow Creek Park)
6/74- Developmental Cost Analysis of Thruston Community Park developed; grand total of $218,443.00
6/28/74 – Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant received for Yellow Creek Park development $110,083.42
5/21/76 – LWCF grant received for Masonville Community Park $11,842.83
11/77- Little Hurricane Boat Ramp Completed
5/20/78 – Yellow Creek Park ribbon cutting for 60 acres of land purchased from the Bill Stone Estate. Funds from Bureau for Outdoor Recreation Grant and Daviess County Fiscal Court totaled $200,000.
8/16/79 – LWCF grants received for Burns Park $70,779.86; Utica Park $17,063.81
3/21/80 – LWCF grant received for Stanley Park $12,674.12
3/26/80 – LWCF grant received for West Louisville Park $10,218.99
6/30/80 – LWCF grant received for Yellow Creek Park $10,048.48; Knottsville Park $10,053.50
7/30/80 – LWCF grant received for Daviess County Parks – $25,547.49
2/6/81 – LWCF grant received for Yellow Creek Park – $48,366.13
4/15/81- Daviess County Park Board (DCPR) mulls future of Yellow Creek Park Lake. (M&I article)
1983 – DCPR won 1st place in “Parks and Recreation Programming” / “Certificate of Excellence in Parks and Recreation Facility Rehabilitation”
9/4/84- 24.57 acres added to Yellow Creek Park Nature Center for the amount of $55,000.
9/24/84 – LWCF grant received for Yellow Creek Nature Trail – $63,957.60
1984 – Yellow Creek Park received a “Certificate of Excellence Award”
Spring 1985- Iron bridge installed at Yellow Creek Park across tributary of Yellow Creek
1985 – $30,456 National Park Service grant received – Yellow Creek Park Nature Center development / “Certificate of Excellence in Parks and Recreation Programming” / 2nd place in “Parks and Recreation Facility Rehabilitation”
1986 – 2nd Place for “Parks and Recreation Facility Rehabilitation” / 1st Place “KRPS Outstanding Department”
1987 – “Frog Pond” constructed in Yellow Creek Park Nature Area
4/3/87- 26.419 acres added to Yellow Creek Park Nature Center for $55,000.
6/17/87 – LWCF grant received for Yellow Creek Park Addition – $24,549.50
12/17/87- LWCF pre-application submitted for West Park project (to be eventually named Panther Creek Park) for property acquisition $60,000.
3/31/88 – DCFC approved Park for west Daviess County, Panther Creek Park is born
4/21/88- DCFC selected to receive LWCF Grant in the amount of $45,000
4/22/88- Deed recorded for West Park Project for the sum of $215,000 containing 108.56 acres
5/1/88- Dr. Alton Little (WKU) was requested for assistance with layout and design proposal for West Park project.
6/9/88- Kentucky Heritage Council reports that West Park property is not eligible for listing in the National Registry of Historic Places.
8/23/88 – LWCF grant funds received for new Panther Creek Park – $46,989.93
10/88 – Yellow Creek Park receives 70 foot fire tower from Indian Hill Rd. in Hancock County
11/29/88- US Senator Wendell Ford has contacted CSX transportation officials to help locate used railroad tracks for elevated West Park trails
12/7/88- DCFC formally names West Park Project, “Panther Creek Park”. Motion by Commissioner Ebelhar and second by Commissioner Warren and all concurred out of 54 possible names.
12/14/88-LWCF pre-application submitted for Panther Creek Park phase 2 for the amount of $40,000. This includes the walking trail, parking lots, and five acre lake.
1988 – Yellow Creek Park finalizes two covered bridges and completed last section of nature center trail
1/12/89- Brandstetter-Carroll Inc. submits site design plan for Panther Creek Park totaling $2,615,900.
1/25/89 – CSX donated used rails, valued at $24,000, for elevated trails at PCP
10/14 – Hurricane Island property purchased by DCFC (20.87 acres)
June 2016 – Iron bridge over Clear Creek at Panther Creek Park replaced with modern concrete structure
June 2016 – Covered bridge at Yellow Creek Park replaced with concrete structure (located closest to Reid Road)
December 2016 – divider installed into James E. Kuegel shelter at Panther Creek Park to create Kuegel North and Kuegel South
Winter 2017 – ball diamond lights installed at Panther Creek Park on field 3
Fall/Winter 2018 – ball diamond lights installed at Panther Creek Park on fields 1 and 2
Winter 2019 – Engineering study began with AEI Engineers to determine the fate of the iron bridge at Yellow Creek Park, study results expected in late summer 2019
May 2019 – Land and Water Conservation Fund grant application submitted for new playground at Horse Fork Creek Park
June 1, 2019 – Horse Fork Creek Park Spray Park ribbon cutting
June 1, 2019 – 198 year old Jones Cabin (constructed by Jesse Jones), Jim Lambert Pioneer Village – Yellow Creek Park, dedicated with Ruth Baskett Harrison in attendance (92 years young; great-great-great granddaughter of James Jones – Revolutionary War Soldier who lived with his son Jesse before dying at the age of 91 in 1851)
June 26 – 29, 2019 – 16th Annual ROMP Festival hosted at Yellow Creek Park (15th year at Yellow Creek Park)
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