Commonwealth Journal

Local News

April 28, 2011

Pulaski County: ‘Gateway of Dreams’

Somerset —  

The much chronicled problems at Wolf Creek Dam have not dimmed Pulaski County’s image as a Mecca for vacationers. With gasoline prices approaching record highs, this area will be a more favorable destination during the 2011 vacation season because it is close to home for almost everybody.
Lake Cumberland, despite a lower level, is still the big draw. The deep blue and magnificent 35,000 acres of water is the third largest lake east of the Mississippi River. Its wooded coves are hideaways for a getaway of dreams.
There is enough to do during a Pulaski County summertime to satisfy the most finicky fun lover.
Somernites Cruise, the “Ultimate Cool Car Cruise in the Heartland,” attracts thousands of visitors on the fourth Saturday of each month, April through October. Somerset is called the “Official Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky.” The event, routinely attracting more than 1,000 vintage cars, transforms downtown Somerset into a merry carnival. A twilight cruise along six-lane U.S. 27 lines the road with relaxed onlookers.
SomerSplash, billed as Kentucky’s best water park, attracted 95,000 users during the long, hot summer last year. Many of this number were visitors who came to get cool in this fun-filled water extravaganza, and you can bet they will be back.
Stephen Sims, manager of the city-owned water park, said his staff also manage the outdoor swimming pool at Somerset Family Fitness Center. Mayor Eddie Girdler said the swimming pool at the former YMCA attracted 5,000 customers after the city assumed operation in July last year. 
The outdoor pool partially fills a need for a public pool since the pool at General Burnside Island State Park has been drained for the past several summers and apparently there are no plans to refurbish the facility. SomerSplash and the pool at the fitness center open May 28 at the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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